Empire style patinated and gilt bronze six-light chandelier


This magnificent Empire style chandelier, produced from exquisite gilt and patinated bronze, is charmingly designed in the manner of a Classical Roman oil lamp.


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This Second Empire period chandelier, designed in the Empire style so dominant in the early decades of the 19th Century, is finely wrought from patinated and gilt bronze (ormolu). The body of the chandelier, cast from bronze and beautifully patinated, is formed in the manner of a Classical Roman oil lamp. The tazza shaped body is open at the top, the rim encompassed by an ormolu mount decorated with a frieze of palmettes, while the underside of the patinated bronze body is mounted with an ormolu pineapple finial, the finial springing from a spread of ormolu acanthus leaves.

The lamp-form body of the chandelier is mounted with six candle branches, each branch cast to imitate the shape of a lamp spout and ornamented in relief with Classical masks and palmette motifs. The body of the chandelier hangs from three chains, each chain joining the chandelier with lion-head shaped mounts. These chains feature alternating links, one a ring and the next a flat elongated disk decorated with foliate motifs. The chains meet at the ceiling mount, the mount set with a smaller ormolu pineapple finial.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1860
19th Century
Empire, Napoleon III
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Patinated Bronze
Black, Gold


68 cm / 26.8 inches
44 cm / 17.3 inches


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