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Chandeliers, Fixtures & Sconces

The world chandelier is derived from the French word “chandelle,” meaning “candle holder.” The first chandeliers, which appeared in the 14th century, were fairly utilitarian in nature. The original design consisted of two wood beams in the form of a cross with a spike at each end to hold a candle. Mainly found in churches, abbeys, and other large gathering places, the high cost of even these rudimentary chandeliers meant only the wealthy could afford to own them.

Chandeliers remained a symbol of status and wealth, often showcased by royalty and heads of state. Chandeliers continued to become more elaborate and ornate as materials and production techniques improved. Intricate carvings in embossed wood, precious metals, glass embellishments, and crystals are all common construction materials.

In the early 1800s, gas became the standard for lighting and many existing chandeliers were converted to gas. This process repeated itself with the introduction of electric lighting. Antique chandeliers from various periods are highly coveted pieces of art that bring a touch of old-world elegance and craftsmanship to any space.


Quick Facts

  • The world’s largest Bohemian chandelier is a 4.5-ton crystal chandelier comprised of 750 lamps and was gifted to the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul by Queen Victoria
  • The chandeliers that adorned the Titanic can still be found suspended over ballrooms, grand staircases, and dining rooms within the ship’s wreckage at the bottom of the North Atlantic
  • Italian designer Giulio Salviati’s one-of-a-kind 19th-century crystal glass gothic chandelier is estimated to be worth over $1,000,000

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