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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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An Art Deco Revival chandelier
Apr 16, 10:00 AM PDT
An Art Deco Revival chandelier
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$2258 Bids
Pair of Large and Heavy Bronze Three Light Wall Sconces
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Large and Heavy Bronze Three Light Wall Sconces
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1507 Bids
Leadlight hanging light shade. 40cm Dia, 22cm H, hanging H 86cm.
Apr 15, 7:00 PM AEST
Leadlight hanging light shade. 40cm Dia, 22cm H, hanging H 86cm.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD606 Bids
Three branch rope twist Murano glass chandelier (57 x 70cm)
Apr 18, 10:00 AM AEST
Three branch rope twist Murano glass chandelier (57 x 70cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD1506 Bids
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
Chandelier with figure, or “Lusterweibchen”
Apr 15, 4:00 PM CEST
Chandelier with figure, or “Lusterweibchen”
by Fine Antiques Prague s.r.o.
Est: €700- €900
€7003 Bids
Caldwell Attr. Gilded Age Gilt Bronze Chandelier
May 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Caldwell Attr. Gilded Age Gilt Bronze Chandelier
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$6003 Bids
Six Downlights Marked Philips Hue, In Open Box, Appears New
Apr 20, 10:00 AM AEST
Six Downlights Marked Philips Hue, In Open Box, Appears New
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD253 Bids
CHANDELIER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CHANDELIER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte Brass & Crystal Wall Lamp
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte Brass & Crystal Wall Lamp
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$4003 Bids
CHANDELIER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CHANDELIER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
CHANDELIER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CHANDELIER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Großer 17-flammiger Deckenlleuchter / A large bronze ceiling lamp, 20. Jh.
Apr 15, 9:00 AM CEST
Großer 17-flammiger Deckenlleuchter / A large bronze ceiling lamp, 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €240- €480
€2402 Bids
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
British, Regency, An impressive pair of carved giltwood wall lights
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
British, Regency, An impressive pair of carved giltwood wall lights
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £800- £1,200
£4202 Bids
Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen Danish Blue Flowerpot Pendant Lamp
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen Danish Blue Flowerpot Pendant Lamp
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$1252 Bids
Moroccan Brass Hanging Light Fixture, H: 14 in. (35.6 cm.)
Apr 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Moroccan Brass Hanging Light Fixture, H: 14 in. (35.6 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$152 Bids
Pair of Louis XV Style Ormulu Three Light Wall Sconces, H: 22 in. (55.9 cm.)
Apr 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Louis XV Style Ormulu Three Light Wall Sconces, H: 22 in. (55.9 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $40- $60
$602 Bids
Vintage Six-arm Crystal Chandelier
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Six-arm Crystal Chandelier
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
An Italian Renaissance style gilt metal octagonal hanging lantern, circa 1900
Apr 17, 10:00 AM PDT
An Italian Renaissance style gilt metal octagonal hanging lantern, circa 1900
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1401 Bid

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