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Antique French Neoclassical Gilt Bronze Four Arm Chandelier France circa 1900

This elegant antique French Louis XVI style bronze doré chandelier fixture from France circa 1900 embodies the elegant restraint and balanced design first enjoyed during the reign of Louis XVI in France (1774-1792). The combination of geometric forms combined with naturalistic organic motifs give this fixture its handsome appearance and pleasing sensibility. Please look at the circular band of the chandelier as it employs designs taken directly from ancient classical civilizations, specifically the open work Greek Key pattern laced with laurel branches. The use of classical symbols during the end of the eighteenth century was a direct attempt to claim the virtues of Greece and Rome for modern aristocracy. In this fixture the laurel leaves refer to both the Emperors of Rome, especially Julius Caesar, as well as the ideals of the original Olympic athletes seen in the geometry of the Greek Key pattern. All four of the arms are placed equidistantly around the perimetre of the chandelier with a beautifully sculpted vase with a floral bouquet stand on the top rim of the circular band. Each arm extends away from the band in a graceful sweep and is also decorated with a floral theme. There are four cast bronze chains that connect the circular band to the canopy top that again combine both geometric and organic shapes. The symmetry of the overall design and the repetition of themes is pure neoclassicism. The chandelier has been rewired for American electricity and will accommodate chandelier base bulbs.

# EMA4

DIMENSIONS

26.50" w x 26.50" d x 25.50" h

67.31cm w x 67.31cm d x 64.77cm h

$4,436.00

This elegant antique French fixture embodies the elegant restraint and balanced design first enjoyed during the reign of Louis XVI in France (1774-1792). The combination of geometric forms combined with naturalistic organic motifs give this fixture its handsome appearance and pleasing sensibility. Please look at the circular band of the chandelier as it employs designs taken directly from ancient classical civilizations, specifically the open work Greek Key pattern laced with laurel branches. The use of classical symbols during the end of the eighteenth century was a direct attempt to claim the virtues of Greece and Rome for modern aristocracy. In this fixture the laurel leaves refer to both the Emperors of Rome, especially Julius Caesar, as well as the ideals of the original Olympic athletes seen in the geometry of the Greek Key pattern. All four of the arms are placed equidistantly around the perimetre of the chandelier with a beautifully sculpted vase with a floral bouquet stand on the top rim of the circular band. Each arm extends away from the band in a graceful sweep and is also decorated with a floral theme. There are four cast bronze chains that connect the circular band to the canopy top that again combine both geometric and organic shapes. The symmetry of the overall design and the repetition of themes is pure neoclassicism. The chandelier has been rewired for American electricity and will accommodate chandelier base bulbs up to sixty watts each.