• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 426

    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS EIGHTTEEN-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS EIGHTTEEN-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The central shaft issuing two tiers with stepped branches, overall hung with chains of drops and icicles
    130 cm. high x 100 cm. diam.


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    In the nineteenth century, as gas light became a source of illumination, branched ceiling fixtures were produced, and the term gasolier, a portmanteau of gas and chandelier, was frequently used. Gas illuminated chandeliers appeared in the mid-19th century, and many candle chandeliers were converted to gas. By the 1890s, and the appearance of electricity for illumination, chandeliers were produced that used both gas and electricity. As distribution of electricity became wider, and the supply dependable, fixtures wired only for electricity became standard.

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