This type of brass chandelier was made in The Netherlands from the second quarter of the 17th Century onwards. Most examples which can be seen in church interiors have two or even three tiers of arms, and can measure up to 150 cm. in height. Often in private houses there was not sufficient space, or height to hang such large examples, so smaller chandeliers, such as the present lot were more practical.
Examples of smaller chandeliers can be seen on the paintings of Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu (Music Company) and Frans van Mieris (The Cloth Shop, 1660).