Four branch rock crystal French ‘cage’ design Chandelier

Four branch rock crystal French ‘cage’ design Chandelier

Four branch rock crystal French ‘cage’ design Chandelier

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Four branch rock crystal French ‘cage’ design Chandelier:
the gilded-bronze frame dressed profusely with variously shaped rock crystal pendants and rosettes of clear, amethyst, amber, and deep smoky hues; bearing centre spire ornament and ‘apple’ finial.
Circa 1830 and restored.

Height:26"-66.0cm
Width:21"-53.5cm

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.

gilded, gilt

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

finial

Ornament forming a finishing flourish.

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