Pair of eight branch rock crystal and gilded-bronze Chandeliers

Pair of eight branch rock crystal and gilded-bronze Chandeliers

Pair of eight branch rock crystal and gilded-bronze Chandeliers

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Pair of eight branch rock crystal and gilded-bronze Chandeliers:
the galleries inset with rock crystal cabochons; the centre
serpentine gallery bearing four facet-cut pinnacles and suspended
on eight interlacing chains with centre flower ornament; dressed
with variously cut rock crystal pendants and large finial.
French, 1830 and restored.

Height:37"-95.0cm
Width:26"-66.0cm

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.

gilded, gilt

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

finial

Ornament forming a finishing flourish.

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