A pair of French gilt-bronze and cut-crystal twenty-four-light chandeliers
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A pair of French gilt-bronze and cut-crystal twenty-four-light chandeliers

IN THE LOUIS XVI STYLE, BY BACCARAT, CIRCA 1900

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A pair of French gilt-bronze and cut-crystal twenty-four-light chandeliers
In the Louis XVI style, By Baccarat, Circa 1900
Each with a leaf-cast corona hung with pendants and drops, with three rope-twist supports holding a central guilloche-pierced band mounted by three putti, each holding five branches, the drip-pans stamped BACCARAT, all hung with pendant swags and pear-shaped drops, with spherical terminal; fitted for electricity
47¼ in. (120 cm.) high; 33½ in. (85 cm.) diameter (2)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

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, "crystal glass", free of discolouration and imitating precious rock crystal, was produced. The Baccarat company was awarded 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' improved and reached the highest level by the end of the century, competing successfully with the Bohemian glass industry. Baccarat 'crystal glass' is highly regarded, not only for its unusual clarity, but also for its great solidity and weight.

Two similair chandeliers were sold in these rooms, 14 May 1998, lot 228; and 24 February 1999, lot 192.
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