Large Gilt Bronze and Crystal Antique French Chandelier in the Empire Style

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This exquisite chandelier is a true work of art, demonstrating the very finest of craftsmanship from the French Empire period. The chandelier is composed of a gilt bronze (ormolu) frame, which comprises a lower basket featuring scrolling branches of lights and a stunning array of many carefully cut crystal droplets, which glitter beautifully when the chandelier is illuminated. The upper section of the chandelier is equally impressive, with lines of further crystals leading to the surmounting top. This uppermost section is decorated with designs typical of the Empire style.

The Empire style originated in France, where it flourished in the early 19th century under the rule of Emperor Napoleon I – after whom the stylistic movement is named. Indeed, the style was intended to be a visual glorification of Napoleon’s rule and the French state. It drew upon the opulence of Imperial Rome, and is characterised by its florid motifs and decorative detailing. The Empire style influenced all aspects of French decorative and visual arts – particularly the design of furniture and architecture – and soon became popular across Europe and in the United States.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Empire
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
    Dimensions
    47.24 in. H
    120 cm H
  • Diameter
    70
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU95637931913
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2012

Typical response time: 6 hours

Located in London, GB

Associations:
  • The British Antique Dealers' Association
  • International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations

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