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 Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a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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A small Italian basket chandelier, late 19th / early 20th century, with amethyst glass orb drops, 45 cm high

A substantial bronze twelve light chandelier, Dutch, 19th century, 120 cm high, 100 cm diameter

A Roccoco style carved gilt wood two tier chandelier, Italian, 20th century, 130 cm high

A silvered bronze two tier Dutch chandelier, 19th century, 86 cm high

A silvered bronze two tier Dutch chandelier, 19th century, 78 cm high

Rite Lite five branch chandelier, Australia, c 1950s

A modern chrome and glass chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari, Italian, circa 1970

A brass chandelier with ten branches and fifteen candle apertures, fitted for electricity, 100 cm high. Provenance: Reputedly from the old Mint building in the City of Melbourne

A brass chandelier with ten branches and fifteen candle apertures, fitted for electricity, 100 cm high. Provenance: Reputedly from the old Mint building in the City of Melbourne

A brass chandelier with ten branches and fifteen candle apertures, fitted for electricity, 100 cm high, Provenance: reputedly from the old Mint building in the City of Melbourne

An Art Nouveau gilt bronze chandelier by Muller Freres, circa 1900. the gilt bronze chandelier with a hexagonal and drop form knop issuing raised arms with floral frill edged shades in mottled ecru to amber purple colours. Length 58 cm. Diameter 54 cm

A fine ruby and clear glass button waterfall chandelier, Italian, circa 1920 drop approx. 1m, 76 cm diameter

J.T Kalmar 'Ice' chandelier, metal frame, textured glass ice cubes, c1960s, Austria

An impressive antler chandelier, Swiss 19th century, 74 cm high

A Continental painted wooden chandelier, possibly Austrian or German, early 20th century, 43ch high, 46cm diameter. Provenance: Geoffrey Hatty Art & Design, Melbourne

A stunning 1970's cylindrical amber glass waterfall chandelier

Two painted wrought iron chandeliers, c. 1960, with applied leaves and flowers (2). Height 56 cm, 47 cm

Wrought iron six branch chandelier, each branch designed as a daffodil, with five suspended birds. Approx. Height 70 cm

An eighteen light chandelier, turned wood with metal arms and leaf decorated light holders

Chandelier, highly decorative chandelier in the form of follage and flowers in the manner of Pietro Chiesa, brass, painted metal and glass Italy, c. 1940s. 102 cm high, 103 cm deep

Mazzega, large five tier chandelier, clear, grey and blue glass drops Italy, c. 1960s. 100 cm high, 60 cm deep

A vintage six light decorative chandelier, the scrolling metal frame encrusted with rows of glass beads, multiple faceted and large teardrop form red and clear glass drops, various swags

A mid-20th century five scrolling branch chandelier, glass shaped panel covers, encrusted with faceted prism and glass drops, various swags, a further light to the centre section. Damage to top flared rose

Tom Greene, impressive Brutalist chandelier, hand-torched patinated copper. Fully re-wired. Length 90 cm

A neo-classical gilt metal eight-light cut-glass chandelier, mid-19th century composed of interlocking scrolling branches in tiers suspending flower capped pear shaped facetted and non facetted glass drops, circular glass drip pans 123 cm high

1920's brass chandelier, 4 arms with a clyde acanthasis decoration

A four branch forged antique-style chandelier 80 cm high, 55 cm Diam

A Napoleon III bronze ormolu chandelier, circa 1900, in the Renaissance manner with a knopped foliate stem and domed section issuing eight 'S' scroll arms with petite urns supporting electric candles, length 70 cm diameter 62 cm

Barovier & Toso. Alexandria chandelier, designed 2008 hand blown blue glass eight-branch chandelier, with white silk shades, one spare branch

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