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 Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a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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French pagoda chandelier, in the style of Maison Bagues, having six lights, Venetian glass beads and cream silk shades, height 90 cm width 64 cm. Provenance: The Country Trader. Private collection, 54 Park Street Spa, Sydney, labels: Cf. For comparison, Ch
A French style country chandelier, the painted wrought iron branches decorated with leaves and facet cut glass drops, ten light branches with conforming leaf and crystal decorated branches leading to chain and rose. diameter 76 cm
A fine antique French crystal basket chandelier, circa: 1900, with a tapering cascade of crystal beads to a cast ormolu boss issuing four sets of arms each with three scrolls supporting floriform dishes, nozzles and electric candles, a crystal bead basket
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