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Antique Dutch Brass Chandelier with Eight Arms Holland circa 1900

A tall and narrow antique Dutch brass chandelier from Holland circa 1900 having a substantial centre shaft with eight arms which scroll away from the middle. The unusual shape of this chandelier results from its being made to fit a room instead of copying an original example from the seventeenth century. The old chandeliers were made to be wider than they were tall as the extended arms contained candles whose illuminating quality needed to reach as far toward the sides of an interior as possible. As this chandelier was able to take advantage of electricity it could be made in a much taller more narrow profile to fit in a room with taller ceilings but not as wide a space. Interestingly though it has retained its essential Dutch characteristic of being made of brass and using scrolled arms to support the lights. Almost all Dutch chandeliers were made of brass because it is a material impervious to burning candles as they melted and brass is able to be kept polished to reflect all the available light given off by candles or electric bulbs. The contrast between the vertical column shaft with its robust scale and the elegant scale of the filigree arms is quite striking. The chandelier has been rewired for American electricity and each arm will accommodate a sixty watt chandelier bulb.

# BC165

DIMENSIONS

20.50" w x 20.50" d x 32.50" h

52.07cm w x 52.07cm d x 82.55cm h

A tall and narrow antique Dutch brass chandelier circa 1900 having a substantial centre shaft with eight arms which scroll away from the middle. The unusual shape of this chandelier results from its being made to fit a room instead of copying an original example from the seventeenth century. The old chandeliers were made to be wider than they were tall as the extended arms contained candles whose illuminating quality needed to reach as far toward the sides of an interior as possible. As this chandelier was able to take advantage of electricity it could be made in a much taller more narrow profile to fit in a room with taller ceilings but not as wide a space. Interestingly though it has retained its essential Dutch characteristic of being made of brass and using scrolled arms to support the lights. Almost all Dutch chandeliers were made of brass because it is a material impervious to burning candles as they melted and brass is able to be kept polished to reflect all the available light given off by candles or electric bulbs. The contrast between the vertical column shaft with its robust scale and the elegant scale of the filigree arms is quite striking. The chandelier has been rewired for American electricity and each arm will accommodate a sixty watt chandelier bulb.