“Crowned” Magnificence: The French Empire Crystal Chandelier

The French Empire Chandelier

The elegance and grandeur of the French Empire crystal chandelier provides a stunning magnificence wherever it is suspended with its graceful yet complex beauty. The classic French form is not only a decorative ornamentation in “gilded” golden brass or wrought iron components paired with beaded crystal and finial of icicle drops, but the light fixture itself is enduring glamour that becomes a focal point of opulence.

French chandeliers are made of brass or iron that is carefully crafted to curve, framing the light they bestow. Whereas other chandeliers utilize chains that make up the body of the fixture, French chandeliers are described as appearing as “A bouquet with iron stems spreading out to expose the light bulbs”. Although the number of light bulbs vary, there are typically six or more. Radiance, indeed.

The French Empire Chandelier (buzzonantiques.blogspot.com)
The French Empire Chandelier (buzzonantiques.blogspot.com)

The history of the French Empire style chandelier begins in Medieval France, were chandeliers were constructed of iron and held candles for lighting. It was during 17th century France were these chandeliers were transformed into lavish decorations for royals and kings, such as Louis XIV. Of course! Dripping in crystal beads, the addition of flowers or detailed castings, these exquisite Empire Chandeliers showcase the fine historical craftsmanship from the era in which its dazzling form was crafted. Of interest, the French Empire chandelier with its emphasized brass or wrought iron component differs from the English chandeliers, designed with multiple glass drops. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the French Empire chandelier were manufactured in diverse sizes to fit a multitude of spaces that demanded its brilliance. It is no wonder its demand was high! A splendid array of elegance was a requirement, for certain. Popular in literature and masses of historical buildings, the French Empire chandelier is a recognizable and distinctive style. Oh, an ode to the infamous “Phantom Of The Opera” and the opulent chandelier that symbolically bore the phantom’s wrath. Certainly the crashing chandelier scene in the Paris Opera House climaxes the performance. Opulence of distinction paired with elegant drama…

The Iconic French Empire Chandelier In The "Phantom Of The Opera"
The Iconic French Empire Chandelier In The “Phantom Of The Opera”
Musee D'Orsay, Paris Chandlier Room
Musee D’Orsay, Paris, Chandlier Room

On a recent trip to New Orlean’s and its stunning French Quarter, I became absolutely enamored with the brilliant elegance of the French Empire chandelier. Of course, a common lighting fixture found throughout grand interiors of the French Quarter and beyond, it is not surprising to stumble upon opulent antique stores that showcased the glorious majesty and sumptuous luxury of the French Empire chandelier (and of course, I simply had to photograph…). With the pomp and impressive distinction of these elegant beauties, I was indeed, smitten…

New Orleans/French Quarter: Drenched With Empire Chandeliers
New Orleans/French Quarter: Drenched With Empire Chandeliers
Exquisite Style In Crystal: The French Empire Chandelier
Exquisite Style In Crystal: The French Empire Chandelier

The French Empire Chandelier: Grand Ornamentation In Gilt Bronze And Crystal
The French Empire Chandelier: Grand Ornamentation In Gilt Bronze And Crystal

Classic & Stately:  The Signature Addition Of The French Empire Chandelier
Classic & Stately: The Signature Addition Of The French Empire Chandelier

Crystal Elegance:  The French Empire Chandelier
Crystal Elegance: The French Empire Chandelier
Elegant Style Paired With Opulence:  The French Empire Chandelier
Elegant Style Paired With Opulence: The French Empire Chandelier

Distinctive decoration that adds an element of extravagence to any interior, whether a traditional or a more modern flair of French Empire Style, the centerpiece that these French Empire chandeliers provide is one of enduring allure. Today, modern French chandeliers are often made of materials such as porcelain and glass, however, the classic French Empire chandelier of shimmering crystal beads and intricate brass or iron construction, will continue to adorn interiors in high style. Luxury and sophistication paired with complexity of design. Enduring allure of brilliance and magnificence in “crowned” style, indeed.

Kristin

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2 thoughts on ““Crowned” Magnificence: The French Empire Crystal Chandelier

    1. Thank you for sharing your desire to obtain one of these stunning prisms of French elegance, Aida! The vintage French Empire chandelier can certainly be found within antique stores throughout the United States. Certainly with greater likelihood in cities where the French settled. New Orleans is dripping with them! Best wishes to you, as I am sure there may be other options to meet your budget. Onward with your vision!
      Kristin

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