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Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
French Empire Style Glass and Bronze Two-Light Pendant Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Barntrup, DE
French Empire-style glass and bronze two-light Pendant Chandelier, circa the 1950s. This absolutely adorable Empire-style chandelier features a bronze frame with two arrows and two b...
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1950s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Bronze

Empire Chandelier Made Around 1810
Located in Stockholm, SE
Gilt bronze chandelier with eight candleholders. Great design with be winged putts holding the urns that in turn holds the candles. Good quality and condition.
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1810s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Early French Empire Style Bronze & Crystal Chandelier, 3 Lights
Located in Miami, FL
Empire Style early round Bronze and Crystal Chandelier with 3 Light-sockets in the center. Wired for the US and takes 3 candelabra light bulbs max. 60 watts. In original vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

19th Century French Empire Basket Style Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant 19th century French Empire style basket chandelier. Featuring a decorative bronze base, chain and canopy an...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Palatial French Empire Doré Bronze and Patinated Neoclassical Chandelier Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Palatial elegant French empire patinated green tone and doré bronze fifteen-light neoclassical chandelier. Measures: 32" H x 32" W.
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Empire Gilt Bronze and Cut Crystal Chandelier, circa 1815
Located in Rome, IT
Finely chiseled gilt bronze and cut crystal Empire elegant chandelier with six arms. Six E 14 light bulbs.
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19th Century European Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Fabulous Antique French Empire Twelve-Arm Chandelier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Elegant fancy French mpire chandelier dripping with crystals and having 12 arms, 40 watt each.
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1920s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

French Empire Caryatids Gilded Bronze Cut Glass 4-Light Lantern Chandelier, Pair
Located in Coimbra, PT
Beautiful pair of antique large French Empire caryatids cast bronze lanterns. Fire gilded solid heavy bronze and cut glass shade with four-light. Measures: Diameter 12 in/ 30 cm H...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Empire Period French Gilt Bronze Six Light Chandelier
Located in London, GB
Empire period French gilt bronze six light chandelier French, c. 1810 Height 80cm, diameter 45cm Made in France around 1810, at the time when the Empire style was in vogue, the chan...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze, Ormolu

French Basket Shaped Crystal Chandelier with Accents of Amethyst Color Crystals
Located in Atlanta, GA
This petite French crystal chandelier from the mid 20th century features a lovely basket shape. Reminiscent of the Empire taste, the c...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

French Early 20th Century Gilt Bronze and Crystal Chandelier
Located in Fairfax, VA
This magnificent crystal and bronze doré chandelier with four swans holding double candle light and graduate hand polished crystal chain. Minimum height fully installed 42".
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1910s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

NYC Waldorf Astoria Hotel Chandelier Empire 6 Arm Brass Gold Finish
Located in New York, NY
20th Century corridor chandeliers from the Towers of the NYC Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Ave. 6 arms branching out from the central dish light. Brass details. Waldorf Astoria auth...
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20th Century Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

NYC Waldorf Astoria Hotel Empire Style 8 Arm Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
20th Century Empire style eight-arm chandelier with crest fleur-de-lis design. Cleaned and rewired. This chandelier and it's sisters hung in the corridors of the NYC Waldorf Astoria ...
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20th Century American Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

19th Century French Empire Style Chandelier
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality 19th century bronze and gilded ormolu French Empire influenced chandelier. Having a classical ceiling rose with three foliate linked chains...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Classic Swan French Empire Gilt Bronze Chandelier
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Classic model for this French Empire chandelier, perfect in any particular: gilt bronze, classic swan, green nail, 6 lights. Perfect over Your table or sleeping room...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Large Prussian Chandelier After a Design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Berlin
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
This large and spectacular German eight-light chandelier is made after the design by the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) in the manufactory of Schwitzky & Mencke...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

French Bronze and Crystal Empire Style Pendant Chandelier
Located in San Francisco, CA
A large and impressive Empire style bronze and crystal pendant chandelier with graduated square crystals beads and gilt bronze hardware. Newly rewired. France, early 20th century.  
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Empire Eighteen-Light Bronze and Ormolu Chandelier
Located in Montreal, QC
Spectacular French early 19th century bronze and ormolu chandelier, the 12 scrolling arms molded with leaves and interspersed with six ad...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

French Empire Style Gilt Bronze and Enamel Chandelier by Gherardo Degli Albizzi
Located in Florence, Tuscany
French Empire style gilt bronze and enamel chandelier by Gherardo Degli Albizzi has got twelve lights. This chandelier is characterized by classical plate embellished with gilt bron...
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2010s Italian Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze, Enamel

Italy Post-Modern Sky Blue Porcelain Brass Chandelier 6 Lights
Located in Brescia, IT
This elegant and glamorous 6 lights Chandelier in sky-blue color, is one of the latest pieces manufactured by a well known Italian factory during the 1970’ and then left in stock unt...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Late 19th Century Empire Style Gilded Bronze and Crystals Chandelier
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Beautiful and refined italian Empire style late 19th century chandelier with ten lights of which six on the outer circumference and four that illuminate the interior, called a hot-ai...
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1880s Italian Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Gilt Bronze & Crystal Basket Chandelier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Very Fine & Impressive Gilt Bronze & Crystal Basket Chandelier in the Empire style, featuring four patinated bronze eagle figures. France, circa 1900. 10 lights. Dimensions: Heig...
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Empire Style Hot Air Balloon Chandelier In Gilt Bronze And Crystal
Located in BARSAC, FR
Hot air balloon chandelier in gilded bronze decorated with crystal garlands, Empire style decorated with palmettes and pine cones. Illuminated by six lights. Beautiful and very ele...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Large Antique French Empire Style Alabaster and Bronze Twelve-Light Chandelier
Located in Barntrup, DE
Large antique French Empire-style alabaster, frosted glass, and bronze pendant chandelier from circa 1890. An impressive and large twelve-light alabaster pendant chandelier from the ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster, Bronze

Small Gilt Bronze Empire style Chandelier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Very Fine & Decorative Gilt Bronze & Patinated Bronze Empire style Chandelier. 6 lights. France, circa 1920. Dimensions: Height 25" Diameter 16" CW5549
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1920s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Period Empire Chandelier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Magnificent Period Empire Chandelier. Gitl Bronze (matte & burnished) and Patinated Bronze. Exquisite detail throughout. A rare find. France, circa 1800. Dimensions: Height 40 1/2...
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Chandelier Vintage Crystal Brass Pendant Lighting With 3 Light Points, France
Located in Bastogne, BE
Adorable Crystal Chandelier with Brass Frame, for 3 light points. Richly Decorated chandelier with decorative elements and pendants made of transparent crystal. One of the main ad...
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1970s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

EARLY 19th CENTURY EMPIRE TUNDISH CHANDELIER IN IRON AND CRYSTALS
Located in Firenze, FI
Beautiful and elegant tundish chandelier with twelve lights. Made of wrought iron with lead bobèches and cast metal candle holders, this chandelier features bands painted in a delica...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal, Wrought Iron, Lead

Palace French Empire Chandelier 24 Candles
Located in STRAČOV, CZ
Palace French Empire Chandelier 24 Candles A large and heavy chandelier from the 19th century in the Empire style. An elegant palatial chandelier that can be used with candles or el...
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1850s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Czech Crystal Tent & Bag Chandelier
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Bohemian Tent and Bag, or Sack of Pearls chandelier made of hundreds of crystal strands. This one is particularly special with a skirt of spear-shaped leaded crystals and beaded g...
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1930s Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Bronze

French Empire Painted Tole Oil Burning Chandelier now Electrified, ca. 1800
Located in Atlanta, GA
Completely original with a canopy of palm fronds issuing three lengths of hand forged chain supporting a large perforated ring with a stretcher that originally held lamp oil, now wir...
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Tin

Grande Lampadario Impero Dorato Italiano con Cristalli 1780 Circa Sedici Luci
Located in Milan, IT
Monumentale Lampadario Impero a sedici bracci, antico lampadario piemontese, la regione del nord Italia che confina con la Francia, di epoca Impero, realizzato a mano in ferro e cris...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Iron

NYC Waldorf Astoria Hotel Empire Hanging Chandelier Pendant
Located in New York, NY
20th Century Empire style chandelier pendant with cast glass dish and bronze details. These elegant lights graced many of the main corridors of the NYC Waldorf Astoria Hotel...
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20th Century American Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Empire Style Bronze & Crystal Tent & Basket Chandelier, France, Circa:1910
Located in Alexandria, VA
This armless tent-and-basket chandelier was hand crafted in the Empire style in Paris in the early days of electrified light fixtures. Inside the bronze frame, hidden by the tent of ...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Italy Post-Modern Sky Blue Porcelain Brass Chandelier 9 Lights
Located in Brescia, IT
This elegant and glamorous 9 lights Chandelier in sky-blue color, is one of the latest pieces manufactured by a well known Italian factory during the 1970’ and then left in stock un...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Gilded Crystal 18 Light French Empire Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Antique French Empire style gilded bronze chandelier with 18 lights. This has been newly restored and rewired and is ready to ship. This was retrieved from an estate located in Green...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

antique empire chandelier
Located in Kiel, SH
high decorative antique bronze candelier from the empire. I guess the chandelier was electrified later .
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1850s French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Basket Chandelier Brass Empire Crystal Ceiling Antique Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Introducing our beautifully restored old chandelier from Berlin! This exquisite piece has been professionally refurbished with love, making it suitable for use in the US with its rew...
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1970s European Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Excellent Italian Made French Empire Style 8 Light Bronze Chandelier 42 X 30
Located in Long Branch, NJ
Excellent Italian Made French Empire Style 8 Light Bronze Chandelier 42 X 30 Dimensions : 42" Tall X 30" Wide X 30" Deep This fine quality large chandelier was made in Italy and ve...
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1990s Italian Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Early 20th Century French Empire Style Crystal Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
This chandelier features a bronze crown adorned with an acanthus leaf design at its peak. Its structure is beautifully composed of a series of shimmering crystal beads and baguettes ...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

French Empire Style Crystal Glass and Brass Three-Tired Chandelier, 1930s
Located in Barntrup, DE
French Empire style crystal glass and brass three-tired chandelier, the 1930s. Charming and compact French Empire-style crystal glass and brass chandelier from the 1930s. This lovely...
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1930s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Bronze

Empire style twelve light crystal and bronze antique chandelier
Located in Houston, TX
Fine antique clear crystal chandelier having 12 lights. It is in the empire style with the lights surrounding the Outer rim of the fixture. The wiring is good and the crystal is Comp...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Solid Brass and Glass Lantern or Pendant Lamp
Located in Verviers, BE
Beautiful solid brass lantern or pendant lamp made in the style of the Italian designer Gaetano Sciolari, circa 1960-1970, Rome, Italy. The fabulous of vintage light takes three E14 ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Paul Ferrante Empire-Style Six-Arm Chandeliers
Located in San Francisco, CA
A wonderful pair of Paul Ferrante empire-style six-arm chandeliers with 7 bulb sockets Gold gilded & green painted bronze 25" W x 36" H
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20th Century Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Wonderful French Empire Neoclassical Patinated Ormolu Bronze Chandelier Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful French Empire / Neoclassical Style Patinated & Ormolu Dore Bronze Chandelier 8 Candelabra Light Fixture
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20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

French early 19th Century twelve light gilded chandelier attributed to Thomire
Located in Southall, GB
An impressive gilt and patinated bronze French Empire chandelier with twelve lights, attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843). Winged Victory figures wearing classical robes stand...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ormolu

Large Neo classical Empire style Chandelier in gilt bronze and green crystal
Located in Paris, FR
Imposing Neo-classical chandelier in pure Empire style, with castpalmettes motifs and mythological figures in fine gilded bronze In the center, a green cut crystal cup support a m...
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Early 19th Century Baltic Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Early 20th Century French Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Six-Light Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Brighten a entry or a powder room with this sophisticated antique Empire chandelier. Crafted of solid bronze in Paris France, circa 1920, the wall hanging fixture is circular in shap...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Early 20th Century French Empire Bronze Dore Eight-Light Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Brighten an entry or a powder room with this sophisticated antique chandelier. Crafted in Paris, France, circa 1920 and built of bronze, the wall hanging fixture is circular in shape...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

French Empire Bronze Figural Swan Chandelier
Located in Barcelona, ES
Very Fine Empire Style Neoclassical Six-Arm Bronze Swan Chandelier, France, 1930s Gorgeous six lights bronze chandelier with foliage and figural motifs. Rare French Empire style bron...
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20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Eighteen Light Bronze Empire Chandelier.
Located in Fairfax, VA
French large bronze eighteen light chandelier with black lacquered center part. Professionally rewired and ready for installation. Height can be adjusted by removing some of the chain.
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1930s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Bronze

Pair Montgolfièr Empire Chandelier Crystal Classic traditional Brass Glass four
Located in Berlin, DE
**Set of 6 Available - Vintage Chandeliers from a Baltic Sea Castle** Here's a unique opportunity to acquire a set of 6 exquisite vintage chandeliers, each originating from a castle...
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Early 18th Century European Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Pair French Empire Caryatids Gilded Bronze Cut Glass 4-Light Lantern Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Beautiful pair of antique large French Empire caryatids cast bronze lanterns. Fire gilded solid heavy bronze and cut glass shade with four-light. Measures: Diameter 12 in/ 30 cm Heig...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

French Empire Style Brass, Bronze and Frosted Glass Three-Light Chandelier
Located in Barntrup, DE
French Empire style brass, bronze, and frosted glass three-light chandelier from ca 1950s. This adorable and compact Empire-style chandelier features a circular brass body and three...
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1950s French Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Bronze

Montgolfiè Antique Lok Crystal Chandelier Empire Sac a Pearl Lamp Chateau New
Located in Berlin, DE
Montgolfière Style Chandelier - Empire Elegance with Customizability Introducing a new Montgolfière style chandelier that exudes the charm of the Empire era, reimagined with modern ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

First Period French Empire Ormolu and Crystal Chandelier, Early 19th Century
Located in Charleston, SC
This Regal First Period French Empire Ormolu and Crystal Six-Arm Chandelier was made in France in the Early Nineteenth Century. The Bronze Doré Castings are of the highest refined quality. The Doré Corona is surmounted with seven Acanthus Leaves, each pinned with a French crystal drop. The Corona suspends to the hand-pinned faceted oval crystal chain tent that is encompassed with hand pined French drops. The tent chains draw the eye down to the two tone console...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Large Basket Chandelier, 1st Third 19th century
Located in Greding, DE
Large ceiling chandelier with six brass candle holders. The hanging of glass prisms, drops and beads is guided over two hoops and ends in a basket with hanging drops.
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Early 19th Century German Antique Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Plafonnier Crystal Chandelier Brass Lustre Ceiling Antique Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Exquisite Antique Chandelier: A restored masterpiece from the past Discover the charm of a bygone era with our carefully restored antique chandelier, a true labor of love from Berli...
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1930s Italian Vintage Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Empire chandeliers and pendants for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire chandeliers and pendants for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage chandeliers and pendants created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, bronze and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire chandeliers and pendants made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original chandeliers and pendants, popular names associated with this style include Gherardo Degli Albizzi, Maison Baguès, Arno Fassi, and Baccarat. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for chandeliers and pendants differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $260 and tops out at $220,000 while the average work can sell for $7,017.

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