Pair of French twelve branch ormolu and rock-crystal Chandeliers

Pair of French twelve branch ormolu and rock-crystal Chandeliers

Pair of French twelve branch ormolu and rock-crystal Chandeliers

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Pair of French twelve branch ormolu and rock-crystal Chandeliers:
the rope-twist branches on two tiers with classical scrolling ornament
and leafy decoration; dressed profusely with rock-crystal quartz bead festoons, with rock-crystal diamond and pear shaped pendants and
large pointed finial. Circa 1830-40, and restored.

Height: 36" - 91.0cm
Width: 29" - 74.0cm

rock crystal

Natural quartz. Characterised by its fractures, it has a fairy-tale quality when used in chandeliers. Usually clear, it can also be rose, smoke, amber, amethyst, and other colours. It is widely used as an ornamental stone and is also used as a HYPERLINK "http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/gemstone/class.htm" t "_top" gemstone.

ormolu

A term derived from the French 'or moulu' (ground gold). This special gilding technique is no longer used. It is now done by electro-plating, which uses a chemical process to apply a thin layer of gold. See gilded.

French 'pear' pendant

Pear-shaped pendant with flat front and star-cut back, the angular edges giving a sharper form than the English pear.

finial

Ornament forming a finishing flourish.
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