18th Century 9-Light French Gilt Bronze and Crystal Chandelier
France Ca 1770
A rare late 18th century Louis XV chandelier whose arms deploy around a scrolled bronze stem structure which forms a "cage" (hence the French name "lustre cage"). It is covered on five levels by a multitude of hand cut and beveled crystals with some pear-shaped pendeloques. There are three "Poignards" (daggers) on the periphery. The central bronze stem is covered by a succession of blown glass ornaments ("pieces d'enfilage') in shape of vases and balusters and finished by a crystal sphere ("bas de lustre"). This chandelier has nine lit arms terminated each by a bobeche and drip pan as it was built for wax candles but has been converted to U.S. Electric.