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 Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a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 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

A Mazzega chandelier. C. 1960s, Italy. Plastic circular multi coloured discs

A fallow antler chandelier with an openwork body constructed from intertwined antlers, twelve lights, 95 cm high

A 19th century Frenh gilt bronze chandelier the baluster leaf cast standard emanating six scroll arms terminating in sconces above a leaf cast pendant, 67 cm high

A fallow antler chandelier with an openwork body constructed from intertwined antlers, twelve lights, 95 cm high

A rococo style Giltmetal and glass chandelier with twelve branches terminating in storm shades, the whole with foliate pierced and cast decoration, 120 cm high

A fallow antler chandelier, with an openwork body constructed from intertwined antlers, twelve lights, 95 cm high

Marie Terese chandelier of impressive size, 20th century. 80 cm high, 90 cm wide.

Palladium Ballroom chandelier, a Crown Casino prototype, architectual framed sketch included. Gilt metal structure, with conceptual light fittings, globes included

Vintage tole six light chandelier, approx 53 cm high

A gilt bronze chandelier, late 19th century, with a central knopped and embellished stem and a birdcage arrangement of five lavishly scrolled arms each surmounted by fantastic animal masks, and issuing downward curved arms with acanthus leaf canopies; with

A pair of gilt metal chandeliers, modelled as bound sheaves of leaves and flowers, three of the sinuous stems of each supporting a candle bulb. Diameter 50 cm

A large and impressive twelve-branch antler chandelier, approx. 84 cm high, 127 cm wide, together with an antler candle table centrepiece, 27 cm high, 34 cm wide