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Overall H: about 132 cm
Not on Display
about 1760
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Clear lead glass; blown and cut. This very elaborate chandelier mainly consists of a vertical succession of large elements surrounded by a net-like structure of festoons and vertical chains, composed of faceted drops. The composite elements consist in the central section of a large bowl, a big inverted baluster and urn; on top another inverted baluster crowned by a reverse bowl which in turn supports the bell-shaped finial. From the large lower bowl is suspended a short and wide bowl-shaped section again scalloped, with a succession of two small knops and a large solid sphere. Festoons and vertical drop chains are attached to the upper inverted roof-like bowl to form an upper wreath of drops. Out of the large bowl emerges five S-shaped branches supporting the candle holders which have very elaborate sources. These branches alternate with snake-like upward-oriented branches supporting drop festoons, another succession of drop festoons which are also suspended from the candleholders below, as well as vertical drop chains ending in large star-like motifs. Shorter drop chains attached to the candleholder saucers, each having five chains. Another group of festoons and vertical drops are attached to the bottom section. A very elaborate facet cutting covers all glass surfaces, especially the central section, the bell-shaped motifs and drops, as well as the large sphere at bottom. See Object Folder for detailed listing of condition and parts that make up the Chandelier.
Davis, Cecil, Former Collection