French Empire Chandelier with Six lights
French 1st Empire Pd Chandelier with six lights. France Ca 1810. Elegant and original in its design to fit the shape of an antique lamp. Made of very finely chased and or mold gilded bronzes and patinated dark lacquered zinc-based metal. Shows six light arms made of heavy gilded bronze representing each a
satyr masks at one end and a torch housing candle before and now electric candelabra. Three (original) chains linked to the lamp by swan-necked or mold bronze and at the other end by a canopy decorated with six gilded bronze rosaces at top and a stylized pine cone finial under. Another canopy is linking the chandelier to the ceiling. Fabulous or mold bronze decor under the lamp -essential as this is a very visible part of Chandelier-representing owls alternated with torches and a final being a gorgeous massive pine cone. Due to the delicacy and the lightness of its decor this chandelier is providing a view of the exceptional skills of the "bronzier" (lost wax casting, chiseling, patinating) and the "doreur" (mercury gilding) in Paris early 19th C.: a piece of Art! Recently wired with USA Std.
Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
122 cm H
18 in. (46 cm)