This elegant chandelier is in the Louis XVI neoclassical style, with influences of the later Empire period. The fixture is expertly and intricately crafted and detailed of cast brass/bronze. The chandelier features 12 arms with neoclassical acanthus leaf detailing. The center shaft is supported by an urn with a bottom finial, and crowned by a capital. From the shaft there are cascading acanthus leaves that are topped by caryatids and roll onto the lower tier of arms.The crown of the chandelier features two intricate levels and the fixture is hung from a large loop. The chandelier measures 25" in height altogether, and 20.5" in diameter.
Currently the fixture is used with candles; the candle cups are filled with soft plaster to hold thinner candles, but the plaster is easy to remove to insert thicker candles. At one point the fixture was electrified as there are remnants of electrical wiring inside the arms. Would look wonderful restored and re-electrified, or can be used with candles and with the patina preserved. This elegant chandelier recalls the work of Richard Mique, Queen Marie Antoinette's personal interior decorator.
A similar chandelier hangs in Marie Antoinette's Le Cabinet Dore at Versailles (see last photo). Chandelier is in good antique condition, with wear, tarnish, and patina commensurate with age. Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit. Feel welcome to message us with further questions or requests for more images, and thank you for looking! Your satisfaction is important to us.
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The item "Antique French Louis XVI Empire Gustavian Bronze Brass 12-Light Chandelier Light" is in sale since Monday, July 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Chandeliers, Sconces & Lighting Fixtures".
The seller is "ri2u" and is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped worldwide.