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French 19th Century Bronze and Gien Faience Six Arms Chandelier

France  –  Circa 1875

HEIGHT: 27 in. (69 cm)
DIAMETER: 24 in. (61 cm)

Gien, city in the Loire Valley is famous for its 19th century Faience. The large bowl of this chandelier has an hand-painted decor of grotesques and cartouches on a cobalt blue background inspired by the Italian Renaissance. There is six-light arms in bronze doré, each terminated by a painted cup (bobeche) and a bronze candle nozzle. The bowl is supported by three chains having faience and bronze links connected at the other end to a large hand-painted faience canopy.
Beautiful and eye catching ensemble, this chandelier was initially made to support wax candles. Therefore the electrical wires had to be on the outside and the one connecting the bowl to the canopy is visible. Has been wired with USA std.
CREATOR: Gien (Manufacturer)
OF THE PERIOD: Renaissance Revival
PERIOD: Late 19th Century
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Hand-Painted Ceramic, Bronze
CONDITION: Good. One repaired bobeche, visible crack.
WEAR: Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages.
HEIGHT: 27 in. (69 cm)
DIAMETER: 24 in. (61 cm)