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Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890
Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890
Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890
Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890
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Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890

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

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Baccarat, Paris, circa 1890
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS TWENTY FOUR-LIGHT CHANDELIER
The shaped corona cast with Vitruvian scroll suspending drops and three faceted glass supports, the central tier with scrolled arms supported by winged putti suspending further drops, over a cut-glass bowl, the glass drip pans stamped 'BACCARAT', the ball finial stamped with Bacarat cachet, fitted for electricity
60 in. (152.5 cm.) high; 33 in. (84 cm.) diameter
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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.

The present chandelier is an unusual and rare model by Baccarat. The distinctive winged putti, which hold aloft torches, were first used by Baccarat on a pair of large blue and white crystal basins shown at the 1878 Paris Exposition universelle (see D. Sautot & B. d'Antras, Baccarat, Paris, 1998, p.p 88-89).

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