• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    A FRENCH BLUE AND CUT-GLASS SPHERICAL CHANDELIER

    CIRCA 1960, BY BACCARAT

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BLUE AND CUT-GLASS SPHERICAL CHANDELIER
    CIRCA 1960, BY BACCARAT
    The glass cut with star shapes, the large sphere surmounted by three smaller spheres and hung with one smaller sphere, the glass elements marked 'Baccarat', fitted for electricity, the lower boss sphere separate
    47 in. (120 cm.) high, approx.; 23 in. (59 cm.) diameter, approx.


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    Opaline glass, which should more correctly be termed 'cristal d'opale', is formed from a type of lead crystal which is then coloured by the addition of other substances.

    'Cristal d'opale' first appeared in the Empire period when the celebrated Baccarat factory was established. Baccarat rivalled and rapidly eclipsed the output of the English and Bohemian manufacturers, which until then had dominated the production of crystal glass. The taste for such coloured opalines was particularly marked in the Restauration period. The Journal des Dames et des Modes in January 1824 for instance remarked that 'On a donn aux dames, en cadeau de Jour de l'An, beaucoup de cristaux colorés en blanc laiteux dit opale; en rose dit hortensia, en bleu dit turquoise...' (S. Faniel ed., Le Dix-Neuvième Siècle Français, Paris, 1957, p. 126).

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