Empire style gilt and patinated bronze chandelier


This chandelier is an impressive piece of Empire style design, featuring finely-cast winged female sculptures, swans, and stylised foliage.


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The chandelier is composed of a patinated bronze bowl with a cone-shaped neck, which terminates in a foliate gilt bronze end, topped by a frosted glass flame-shaped light shade. The bowl’s base is decorated with a gilt bronze foliate flourish. Its body is encircled by a gilt bronze band, which is fitted with six gilt bronze arms in the shape of swans. Three of the swans are topped by gilt bronze urn-shaped capitals with candle-tubes. The other three swans are surmounted by patinated bronze sculptures of winged women, each holding two gilt bronze wreaths, topped by urn-shaped capitals. The space between the arms is decorated with free-standing stylised gilt bronze palmettes.

Six gilt bronze chains extend from the arms to a top canopy. This gilt bronze canopy is decorated, on its underside, with a pinecone drop finial. Its top edge is encircled by a crown of gilt bronze stylise foliate motifs, featuring scrolled foliage topped by flower baskets.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Egyptian Revival, Empire, Neoclassical
Bronze, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Patinated Bronze
Black, Brown, Clear, Gold


68 cm / 26.8 inches
57 cm / 22.4 inches


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