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Antique French Louis XV Style Ten Arm Bronze Dóre Chandelier circa 1910

A grand antique French Louis XV style bronze dore chandelier circa 1890. The beautiful scrollwork of this fixture recalls the opulence of aristocratic decor during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI during the eighteenth century in France. The only available light came from candles and firelight which meant a premium was placed on the use of materials with a highly reflective nature. Gilded bronze, as is this chandelier, was a particularly prized choice because of the manner in which it could be cast with large dramatic curves and surfaces that could be chased to a high polish. The central shaft is suspended from a shaped ring and has a voluptuous baluster form. At the widest point of the stem is a circular band where the ten arms are attached. Each arm has a bold scroll shape with a distinctive flourish at both ends. Crowning the outer scroll is a substantial bobeche, the pan that caught the dripping wax as a candle burned, with a wonderfully sculpted shape reminiscent of a spray of foliage. Above each bobeche stands the nozzle that holds the light that is again embellished with a scrolled design to its surface. The emphasis of the style that originated during the reign of Louis XV was the desire to replicate the wild abundance of nature with its organic and free flowing quality. This chandelier embodies the ideals developed during the mid eighteenth century with its beautiful detailing.

# BH171

DIMENSIONS

34.00" w x 34.00" d x 32.00" h

86.36cm w x 86.36cm d x 81.28cm h

A grand antique French Louis XV style bronze dore chandelier circa 1910. The beautiful scrollwork of this fixture recalls the opulence of aristocratic decor during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI during the eighteenth century in France. The only available light came from candles and firelight which meant a premium was placed on the use of materials with a highly reflective nature. Gilded bronze, as is this chandelier, was a particularly prized choice because of the manner in which it could be cast with large dramatic curves and surfaces that could be chased to a high polish. The central shaft is suspended from a shaped ring and has a voluptuous baluster form. At the widest point of the stem is a circular band where the ten arms are attached. Each arm has a bold scroll shape with a distinctive flourish at both ends. Crowning the outer scroll is a substantial bobeche, the pan that caught the dripping wax as a candle burned, with a wonderfully sculpted shape reminiscent of a spray of foliage. Above each bobeche stands the nozzle that holds the light that is again embellished with a scrolled design to its surface. The emphasis of the style that originated during the reign of Louis XV was the desire to replicate the wild abundance of nature with its organic and free flowing quality. This chandelier embodies the ideals developed during the mid eighteenth century with its beautiful detailing.