Antiquaresoffers to value your antique chandeliers.
We are members of the AAI, Italian Antiquarian Association, and we have been operating with passion in this sector for over fifteen years. If you have antique chandeliers that you would like us to evaluate please do not hesitate to contact us at the following phone number: 392 6587032, or send us photographs to the following email address: email@example.com, please be sure to include any information you might have about the object. You can also fill in the appropriate form.
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Following is a brief history of antique chandeliers
Chandeliers have always been considered not only a form of lighting but also a symbol of prestige, beauty, class and elegance.
We have the first news of chandeliers in Roman times, even if they were rudimental and their operation was through oil, petrol or animal fat. To encounter an aesthetic taste as well as a practical use we have to wait until Medieval times: chandeliers were hung from the ceiling, mostly made of wood or metal and were usually found in castles or Royal Palaces.
As time passed, aesthetic research started to become increasingly important and produced brass and iron chandeliers on multiple levels to increase the light. At times precious materials such as bronze or gilded wood were used.
During the 1400s in Holland and in Germany, the first metal chandeliers appeared (usually in polished brass and silver with decorated stems).
Starting the following century the first Rock crystal (a derivative of quartz) chandeliers appeared. Because of it’s luminosity and reflective power it was widely appreciated especially in France at the end of the XVII century at the court of Louis XIV.
At the same time around 1676, in England, lead crystal appeared. The use of this material substituted the use of rock crystal in the following centuries.
France and England, for their ample production of varied specimens, can be considered both the true birth-places of chandeliers.