A French 19th century 1st Empire period ormolu and Baccarat crystal chandelier
A magnificent and extremely high quality French 19th century 1st Empire period ormolu and Baccarat crystal chandelier. The twenty four light chandelier is centered by an exceptional bottom floral finial in a rich satin and burnished finish below a beautiful... — Read More
A magnificent and extremely high quality French 19th century 1st Empire period ormolu and Baccarat crystal chandelier. The twenty four light chandelier is centered by an exceptional bottom floral finial in a rich satin and burnished finish below a beautiful acanthus leaf designed reserve. Most elegant cut faceted Baccarat crystal garlands lead upwards with fine berried laurel ormolu supports to the wrap around central tier with finely detailed scrolled foliate designs. The central tier displays twelve stunning intricately detailed scrolled swan necks holding lovely foliate bobeches in their mouths with fine baluster shaped candle cups and twelve striking richly chased curved berried laurel palmettes also displaying charming baluster shaped candle cups. Elegant draped Baccarat crystal garlands lead upwards to the superb top crown with additional impressive berried laurel palmettes adorned with lovely swaging crystal garlands and cut prism shaped pendants. All original gilt throughout. — Read Less
- Weight: 95 lbs / 43.0825 kg
- Item # 6876
H: 63 in L: 41 in D: 41 in
H: 160 cm L: 104 cm D: 104 cm
- 19th Century
- Baccarat Crystal, Ormolu
- 1st Empire Period Read More
- Baccarat Read More
In 1764 King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat. Production consisted of window panes, mirrors and stemware until 1816 when the first crystal oven went into operation. By that time over 3000 workers were employed at the site.
Baccarat was famous and requested by many royal houses and received its first royal commission in 1823. This began a lengthy line of commissions for royalty and heads of state throughout the world. In 1855 Baccarat won its first gold medal at the Worlds Fair in Paris after which they began to mark their creations towards the end of the 19th century.