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Waterford Crystal Chandeliers and Pendants

Waterford (Ireland)
Waterford (Ireland)

Among glassware aficionados, the name Waterford has earned a place of eminence — both for antique crystal made by the original Irish company in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for new versions of the firm’s classic patterns produced after its rebirth in the 1940s. With either iteration, Waterford is a byword for traditional elegance.


Waterford crystal was born of a tax loophole. In 1783, business-minded brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in southeastern Ireland because Irish glass was exempt from steep British import duties. The two wanted to make fine-quality wares and hired artisans from England, including master glassmaker John Hill. The factory’s flint glass — a precursor to lead crystal — soon won a clientele among British and continental aristocrats. One of Hill’s aesthetic innovations was to polish glassware after a pattern was cut, to buff off the resulting frosted surface. The look became a Waterford trademark. Through the fame of its wine goblets, claret jugs and decanters, the firm continued to win honors at the many industrial expositions of the early Victorian era. But over those years, higher and higher luxury excise taxes were placed on fine crystal. Waterford products became prohibitively expensive, and the company closed in 1851.


The brand’s renown was still intact when it was revived in 1947 by a Czech glass manufacturer named Charles Bacik, who moved to Ireland after the Communist takeover of his country. For centuries, the region now called the Czech Republic had been the great glassware center of Middle Europe — source of crystal to great Viennese glass design firms such as Lobmeyr and Bakalowits. So Bacik brought with him the master glassblower and designer Miroslav Havel. In Dublin, Havel studied the old Waterford style book archives kept in the National Museum. He used these classic patterns as the basis for new ones such as Lismore, with its crosshatching and flame-like vertical cuts, and Alana, with its heavily textured diamond cuts. Past and present are thus linked at Waterford. As you will see on 1stDibs, antique or recently made, Waterford crystal is the essence of refinement.

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Pair of Waterford Crystal Avoca 10-Arm Chandeliers
By Waterford Crystal
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Presenting a stunning & matching pair of Waterford crystal Avoca 10-arm chandeliers. Both chandeliers in near mint condition. Both the same size shape and pattern, the rare ‘Avoca...
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Massive Custom Waterford Crystal Chandelier
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Massive custom Waterford Crystal chandelier. A large Waterford grand beaded and prismed ten-arm chandelier. Ten lights with five more interior lights with cut plume top crown underne...
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Stamped "Waterford" Six-Light Art Deco Style Crystal Chandelier
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Stamped "Waterford" six-light crystal chandelier in the Art Deco manner. This fine cut crystal chandelier by the finest of crystal makers is simply stunning in every manner imaginabl...
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Exceptional Early 19th Century Waterford Crystal Eighteen-Light Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
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An exceptional early 19th century gilt bronze and Waterford crystal eighteen light chandelier An etched crown above a crystal string body leading to a beaded basket with drop crysta...
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mid-19th Century Irish Waterford Crystal Eight-Arm Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
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Waterford crystal chandelier with eight (8) lights encased in etched crystal shades, spires, and drop prisms, Ireland mid-19th century.
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Mid-19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal Chandeliers and Pendants

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Waterford Five-Arm Cut Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
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Delicate five-arm cut crystal chandelier made by Waterford, circa late 1800s. Waterford Crystal first started operations in 1783 in Waterford, Ireland. This can be viewed at one of o...
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