Pair of rock crystal and amethyst girandoles
Height: 55 cm (25 ¾); Width: 30,5 cm (12 in.)
Beautiful pair of three arm lights girandoles with rock crystal and amethyst pendants. Inserted into a lovely chiseled and gilt bronze Louis XVI style mount in a shape of a lyre adorned with eagles’ heads, resting on a triangular base. To be put against a wall or a mirror.
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. In all reports one can read about the “perfection of the material and of its cut”.
Dany Sautot, Baccarat, une histoire, éd. Baccarat, 1993.
L’Art en France sous le Second Empire, Exposition Grand-Palais, Paris, 1979, p. 238-239.
Exposition Universelle de 1867, Rapport adressé à la commission d’encouragement, classe 16 et 17, p.24- 25.