Large ormolu and glass 'Versailles' beehive lantern


Inspired by lighting commissioned for the Palace of Versailles in the 18th century, this elegant lighting will add a touch of sophistication to a space.


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Made in the Louis XVI style, the lantern is wrought from ormolu (gilt bronze) and glass. Its design is based on one made for the Palace of Versailles in the 18th century.

The lantern is of an octagonal form, and is known as the ‘Versailles’ or ‘beehive’ shape. The main body consists of four rows of rectangular panels of bevelled glass. The delicate glass pieces are joined by an ormolu frame, each intersection mounted with floral decoration. The frames are adorned with numerous decorative pieces.

The top of the lantern features acanthus leaf detailing. The piece is surmounted by other foliate decorations formed to create a shape reminiscent of a crown with jewel-like detailing, a reminder of the design’s royal provenance. Below a collection of seashells is attached around the circumference of the lantern.

Underneath the glass panes are further acanthus leaf motifs, scrolling shapes as well as several lion heads.

Inspired by a design made for the French royalty, the lantern features regal motifs making it a desirable addition to the appropriate interior space.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Louis XVI
Glass, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Clear, Gold


120 cm / 47.2 inches
55 cm / 21.7 inches


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