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A French early 19th century 1st Empire period Baccarat crystal and ormolu chandelier

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A most elegant and unique French early 19th century 1st Empire period Baccarat crystal and ormolu chandelier. The chandelier is centered by a charming and richly chased bottom ormolu acorn finial surrounded by lovely foliate designs. The most decorative Baccarat... — Read More

  • Item # 6402
  • H: 34.75 in L: 13.5 in D: 13.5 in

    H: 88 cm L: 34 cm D: 34 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Baccarat Crystal, Ormolu
  • 1st Empire Period Read More
  • (1st Empire Period) - Made popular by Napoleon Bonaparte, French Empire is Neoclassical in style and inspired by the principal characteristics of Greco-Roman décor. This French-style was used as propaganda by Napoleon to idealize his leadership and the French state. Empire period furniture was crafted in and around Paris after the French Revolution was synonymous with the new Napoleonic regime. The French economy at the time was growing rapidly and this new Empire style was most popular among the bourgeois and members of the aristocracy. Furnishing a large residence in Empire style was a reminder to guests and family members of the owner’s wealth, power, and connections to the French empire. Empire-style furniture displayed symbols of opulence, love, sensuality, and seduction such as swans, lyres, bows, and arrows. Acanthus leaves, rosettes, and military symbols used throughout Louis XVI’s reign as emperor were also used. After Napoleon’s return from Egypt, the French began their obsession with all things Egyptian. Symbols or Sphinxes, winged lions, lotus blossoms, Caryatids and scarabs were common elements found throughout French décor. Traditional Napoleonic symbols like the crown, laurel wreaths, cornucopias, horns, and bees were still commonly used, with the woods of choice being Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony. Marble tops were gray or black in color with sharp corners.
  • Baccarat Read More
  • Baccarat Crystal is a French manufacturer of fine crystal glassware located in Baccarat, France. The company owns two museums: the Musée Baccarat in Baccarat and the Musée Baccarat in Paris.
    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.
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A French early 19th century 1st Empire period Baccarat crystal and ormolu chandelier