Chandelier with putti
Gilded bronze, Crystal
Height : 100 cm (39,4 in.) ; Diam. : 52 cm (20,4 in.)
Beautiful Louis XVI style chandelier in chiselled and gilded bronze, carved crystal with twelve light-arms. The baluster shaped central shaft consists of a sphere decorated with torches and foliage, and acanthus leaves. Twelve foliated light-arms emerge from the central shaft and are connected by crystal drops and garlands of pearls, like the ceiling lamp to the putti’s hands.
The famous crystal manufacture of Baccarat, that dates back to the 18th century, was awarded its first medal in 1823, during the “Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie” for the “brilliance and the sharpness of its crystal” and became then the most renowned French “cristallerie”. Baccarat was undoubtedly the only French manufacture, that exhibited steadily and magnificently its products at the various Universal Exhibitions, and especially between 1855 and 1867. Reports of the Universal Exhibition, from 1855 to 1867, talk about the “perfection of the material and of its cut”, considered superior of those from Bohemia or England.