Neoclassical style gilt bronze and cobalt blue glass chandelier
French, early 20th Century
Height 97cm, diameter 56cm
This beautiful Neoclassical style chandelier is reminiscent of both the Louis XVI and Empire decorative styles: the cherub light branches are drawn from art from the period of Louis XVI, while the swan’s head handles refer to motifs common to the Empire style. The chandelier features a lamp shaped body, the upper half of cut glass and the lower of blue glass. This body is encompassed by a gilt bronze band, from which spring five cherub form branches and five swan form branches. The body is surmounted by a large gilt bronze finial of a female figure, and the body is suspended from a ceiling mount by five gilt bronze double ropes, each centred with a relief medallion.