Empire Style 12-Light Chandelier
Originally an early 19th century French design movement that included art, architecture and decorative arts, the Empire style indicated a return to the luxury and regality of the old French courts. Though many pieces done in the Empire style today achieve an understated version of sumptuousness through simplicity – for instance, smooth surfaces created through exotic wood veneers – others are extensively ornamented with gilded motifs such as laurel leaves and wreaths, cornucopias and sheaves of grain. Additionally, consistent references to ancient civilizations through classical Greco-Roman and Egyptian silhouettes and motifs are common. Empire-style furniture is largely symmetrical and prioritizes comfort equally with aesthetic; seating is often lushly upholstered and proportioned as well as decorated with ornate carvings. The initial success of the style in France led to its adoption abroad, including in America, where it was modified to suit its own national preferences. Many currently continue to favor the style for its aesthetic of magnificence and wealth without having to forfeit comfort.
- A 12-light parcel-gilt tole peinte chandelier.
- Ivory painted with gilt trim Empire-style bronze fittings.
- Of cascading form with a concave ring fitted with 12 candle arms with pine cone finials.
- Each candle arm with a conical tole shade decorated with a blue painted arabesque.
- Beeswax candle arms.
- Bronze, Tole
- Height: 26.50"
- Diameter: 38"
- Chain Length: 34"
- Canopy Diameter: 5"
- Rubbing and flaking to finish throughout.
- Tarnishing to bronze mounts.
- May need to be rewired. Price reflects this.