French gilt-bronze twelve branch Chandelier of Empire design
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French gilt-bronze twelve branch Chandelier of Empire design

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French gilt-bronze twelve branch Chandelier of Empire design:
the domed top corona with anthemion and cut-glass medallion frieze; the six ornamental chains to pierced and beaded dish, with palmettes interspersed with candle branches.
Late 19th century, restored and wired with internal splay and electric candles.

Height: 35" - 89cm
Width: 26" - 66cm

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

Empire

Of the reign of the French Emperor Napoleon (Bonaparte) from 1804-1815. Grand, symmetrical designs using classical forms in a formal Greek way were combined with motifs associated with Napoleon, such as eagles, bees, laurel wreaths and Egyptian subjects. See Directoire and Second Empire.

anthemion

A palmette motif in the form of a stylised honeysuckle, found on classical Greek buildings such as the Erechtheum, in Athens, and often used as part of neo-classical decoration.

cut glass

Often now referred to as 'crystal', the glass was blown and shaped, then passed to a specialist cutter, who would polish and cut patterns to enhance its brilliance.

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