Learn about Chandeliers

Strictly speaking, a chandelier is any multi-branch ceiling light. But what we understand in popular usage as a chandelier today - a grand ceiling light fitting with many lights and multiple crystal prisms - is the result of a long evolutionary process of this type of light. Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a pulley. From the 15th century they were made in a wider variety of materials including brass, wrought iron, gilded wood and silver. By the 18th century, developments in glassmaking allowed for the introduction of prisms in their manufacture, because of their light scattering properties. An elaborate chandelier was a status symbol of the wealthy in the 18th and 19th century and materials now used included bronze and porcelain. Manufacturers of the crystal prisms included famous names in glassmaking such as Baccarat and Waterford. Prestigious English manufacturers of the time included Parker & Perry, of Fleet Street, F.& C. OSLER of London and Birmingham and Maydwell and Windle.

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An impressive gilt bronze and glass baguette chandelier, French 19th century, 110 cm high

An antique French basket chandelier, crystal and gilt metal, 130 cm high, 60 cm wide

A rare emerald, turquoise and rose pink glass and gilt bronze basket chandelier, French, circa 1920, approximately 110 cm drop, 75 cm diameter

A cut crystal and gilt bronze chandelier, French, circa 1900

A pair of fine French gilt bronze four branch chandeliers, 19th century, with sixteen candle apertures, fitted for electricity, 110 cm high

French gilt-metal chandelier, with five branches, electrified, height 45 cm

A fine ten-branch crystal chandelier, French circa 1950, signed Baccarat

A gilt brass and crystal twelve branch chandelier, French, 19th century, fitted for electricity, (approx.)

French six branch chandelier, with crystal and coloured glass drops. Approx. Height 101 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell

Impressive Antique French bronze twelve light chandelier with glass lustres, faux candlestick lights

Vintage French six light chandelier, with large cut crystal drops and central ball, approx 80 cm high

A fine 19th century French bronze harp shaped six branch chandelier with cut crystal drops

A French bronze eight branch chandelier with cut crystal prism, amethyst and cut crystal drops

An early 20th century French six branch bronze chandelier with cut crystal drops

Antique Louis XVI style gilt bronze twelve light chandelier with crystal chains & central drop orb, ex Manning & Manning

A pretty chandelier with clear crystal button and pale blue drops, French, circa 1950, 88 cm high, 40 cm diameter

A stylish pair of bronze and crystal chandeliers, French, circa 1920

A pair of 19th century French brass chandeliers, each with a central stem cast with overlapping leaves emanating six scroll arms with sconces, 61 cm high

French antler chandelier, approx 85 cm high, 74 cm dia

French bronze tri form three light chandelier, fitted with down swept flambe form shades

Vintage French six light chandelier, with large cut crystal drops and central ball, approx 80 cm high

Good vintage French eight light chandelier, fitted with drop lustres, draped with long chains of large faceted beads, approx 90 cm high

Antique French antler chandelier, approx 85 cm high, 86 cm dia

French Art Deco wrought iron frame chandelier with styled three apricot glass shades and central bowl

Vintage French metal and tear drop glass six light chandelier

A fine French crystal chandelier, 19th century, a tiered basket style chandelier hung with crimped pear and bell shaped drops and rosettes and a crystal orb finial, with ten curvaceous and slender bronze arms with electrified candles. Height 80 cm. Diamete

Six branch brass electrolier chandelier French style, 19th century in the Queen Anne style

Large French timber & iron candle chandelier, two tiers, each with six branches

A multi branch gilt metal French chandelier, early 20th century. 100 cm high, 75 cm wide

A French wrought iron chandelier, circa 1960s-70s, rococo inspired and of scrolling birdcage form, with five 'S' form arms supporting small pans with electric candles. Height 72 cm

Antique French gilt bronze 12 light chandelier, rococo style

A French brass and frosted glass chandelier, circa 1940s, the chandelier with a stem comprising a trio of brass cones and issuing six gently shaped tapering arms supporting conical cream frosted dishes embellished with gilded chevron and lattice patterns.

A French alabaster and glass chandelier, circa 1900, with a decorative triform chain to a richly mottled alabaster bowl in brown and caramel colours, issuing three small foliate and ribboned gilt bronze mounts supporting frosted floral glass shades. Height

A French brass and coloured glass chandelier, circa 1940s-50s, the chandelier with a conical ceiling cup to a tubular and reeded stem issuing five 'U' shaped arms with scrolled iron work motifs and supporting frosted dishes with blood red borders scattered

A large French cut crystal chandelier of 12 lights, arranged in two tiers of six lights each, each branch festooned with multiple faceted drops. Height approx. 75 cm

A gilded bronze French Regency chandelier, circa 1890, the urn form stem with scroll and cupid head embellishments to a stepped dish with palms and mascarons and a pine cone finial, issuing eight curvaceous arms with classical dishes and nozzles. Length 96

A French crystal and brass chandelier with an openwork body hung with crystal drops and swags, four scroll arms terminating in lights and a further four lights to the centre, 60 cm high