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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-CRYSTAL TWENTY-FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-CRYSTAL TWENTY-FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-CRYSTAL TWENTY-FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER
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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-CRYSTAL TWENTY-FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER

BY BACCARAT, PARIS, CIRCA 1900

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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-CRYSTAL TWENTY-FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER
BY BACCARAT, PARIS, CIRCA 1900
The circular palm-frond corona suspending drop chains and rope-twists supporting a similar corona and a lower tier with seated putti, each issuing five candlearms scrolling to cut glass circular drip-pans and circular nozzles stamped BACCARAT, electrified
45 in. (114.5 cm.) high, 32½ in. (82.5 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Christie's, New York, 10 October 2001, lot 383.

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Lot Essay

Founded in 1764 by Royal consent, the firm of Baccarat became known as the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat during the 19th century. François-Eugène de Fontenay, who joined the company in 1841, discovered that by the addition of nickel oxide in the manufacturing process, a perfectly clear product (called 'crystal glass') could be produced free of discolouration, imitating precious rock crystal. De Fontenay's efforts were lavishly awarded with a Gold Medal at the French Expositions des Produits de l'Industrie in 1844. With the continuing improvement in their manufacturing standards, the quality of Baccarat's 'crystal glass' reached the highest level by the end of the century, competing successfully with the Bohemian glass industry.

Another example of this highly popular design by Baccarat sold Christie's, London, 22 September 2011, lot 239 (£51,650).

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