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A pair of Italian 19th century Charles X st. ormolu and crystal chandeliers

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An exceptional and handsome pair of Italian 19th century Charles X st. ormolu and crystal chandeliers. Each chandelier has twelve electrified arms and a central highly chased ormolu band with female faces amidst foliage. The chandeliers are elegantly decorated by... — Read More

  • Item # 3901
  • H: 47 in D: 35 in

    H: 119 cm D: 89 cm

  • Italy
  • 19th Century
  • Crystal, Ormolu
  • Charles X st. Read More
  • (Charles X st.) - During the French Restoration period, Charles X's style was softer with the adaptation of curved lines. Although a continuation of the French Empire, this style was less formal than the Napoleonic era. The elegant aspects of the French Empire were still visible, but shapes became curvier with volutes and arabesque movements. Bois Clairs, or light woods, were varnished to highlight the grains and inlaid to replace bronze work seen on pieces from earlier periods. At this time dark woods had become harder and harder to find in France, with Napoleonic policies preventing France from doing business and importing items from the rest of Europe. Craftsmen now had to find alternatives to Mahogany, which was the most common material used. Bird’s-eye Maple, Ash, Plane, Yew, Beech, Oliver, and Cedar were now more often used and contributed to this new style's popularity.
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