Tiered Elegance: Vintage French “Baguès” Gilt Bronze “Palm Frond” Chandeliers dripping in Crystal Prisms

Glamour & Elegance Of French Distinction:  The "Palm Frond" Chandelier
Glamour & Elegance Of French Distinction: The “Palm Frond” Chandelier

The mesmerizing and elegant “gilded” bronze “Palm Frond” chandeliers. Stunning. I have been smitten with them ever since I fell under the spell of their distinctive beauty hanging within the home of a close friend who possesses a flair for vintage details and French embellishments. Craig, this one is for you. Upon the initial moment of sight the impact was immediate. Years later, on a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, I rediscovered this French emblem of high style hanging from within the French Quarter antique stores that hold French history. Spotting these dangling above me with luring appeal furthered my desire to learn more about these objects of fascination. Seeking the history of this “emblem of French savoir-faire” offered minimal visual images of interiors that included this particular gilded beauty. Alas, a return to the home that began my love affair with these lighted objects dripping in crystals was in order. Interspersed among the compilations presented are the photographic images from behind my lens of his elegant chandeliers of bronze and crystal bliss…

Maison Baguès:  French Creator Of Art Lighting
Maison Baguès: French Creator Of Art Lighting

Seeking the history of an object of grand ornamentation leads one to the French Maison Baguès located in the center of Paris. Originating in 1840 Maison Baguès would become known as the the creators of luxury lighting (www.bagues-paris.com). Originally founded in Auvergne and specializing in liturgical bronze a shift to lighting would become the focus with the arrival of electricity. In 1880 Eugene Baguès introduced bronze light fixtures of distinctive styles cast in bronze and dripping with crystals. The birth of beauty, indeed. And of the art of lighting that would evolve? During the 1920’s, sons Victor Baguès and Robert Baguès “enlarged the bronze lighting collection of their father and created their own iron models”. The vast range of “Baguès” included the use of parrots & foliage chandeliers as well as wall sconces. Alas, the “palm frond” chandelier! Iron and bronze, shaped with traditional methods, offered chandeliers that were covered in leaf gilt gold (or silver leaf!) with hand assembled crystals. The appeal of these striking lighting embellishments would extend internationally and offices were soon opened in New York, Rome and Cairo. Of note, during the Great Depression, Maison Baguès fell under the control of bankers. In 1957 Victor’s son, Jean-Pierre, bought back the company and revived the collection while introducing new elements of artful lighting. Alas, French craftsmanship paired with heritage endures!

Today, Maison Baguès is situated under the Viaduct des Arts in Paris and continues to preserve its heritage by devoting itself to the restoration of vintage pieces as well as providing new creations by current well known designers. Perhaps it is no surprise that Maison Baguès has earned the description as “A synonym of elegance and a guarantee of excellence” . “Elegance” and “Excellence”, indeed. Heritage that endures.

Eugene Baguès In His New York Office
Eugene Baguès In His New York Office

As with anything of enduring appeal, the vintage “palm frond” chandelier would experience an international appeal and a revival during the 1930’s and beyond. Beautiful Italian versions would soon grace striking interiors. Perhaps it is the appeal of the heavy, solid bronze frame that offers a warm patina paired with elegant crystal prisms that brings a timeless essence to this lighted delight. The chandelier of palm fronds and crystal is also noted as an element of the “Hollywood Regency” period, which was born from the appeal of the “larger than life” Hollywood movie set design during the golden age of filmmaking.

Hollywood's Actress Carole Lombard /1936:  Hollywood Regency Period
Hollywood’s Actress Carole Lombard /1936: Hollywood Regency Period

The Hollywood Regency period (1930’s) brought the glamour and glitz that was so befitting to include the glamorous solid bronze tassel frame with palm fronds dripping with crystal. Tiers of molded palm fronds with cut crystals and bulbs of light. Befitting in “Art Deco”(1920’s-1940’3) interiors or any interior that demands a focal point of unique and striking elegance, the beauty of these chandeliers transform visually by day and night. Stunning. And I am eternally smitten…

Variations Of French Elegance:  Bronze & Brass Palm Frond Chandeliers
Variations Of French Elegance: Bronze & Brass Palm Frond Chandeliers
Tiered Palm Fronds Of Brass or Bronze Patina Dripping In Crystal
Tiered Palm Fronds Of Brass or Bronze Patina Dripping In Crystal
Stunning Pendants Of Tiered Elegance:  The "Palm Frond" Chandelier
Stunning Pendants Of Tiered Elegance: The “Palm Frond” Chandelier
Vintage Patina Paired With Shimmering Crystal:  French Elegance
Vintage Patina Paired With Shimmering Crystal: French Elegance
Vintage Appeal Of Timeless Delight:  Crystal & Bronze "Palm Frond" Chandeliers
Vintage Appeal Of Timeless Delight: Crystal & Bronze “Palm Frond” Chandeliers
A Chandelier Of Timeless Elegance With French Appeal:  Bronze Palm Fronds & Crystal Prisms
A Chandelier Of Timeless Elegance With French Appeal: Bronze Palm Fronds & Crystal Prisms

Consider the stunning beauty of these unique, artful sculptures of lighting. Personally, my love of this sophisticated crystal and bronze chandelier is enduring. The timeworn lustrous patina of bronze paired with shimmering crystal prisms endures to enthrall me. As timeless as these original French ornaments of high design are, I will continually seek their visuals. Acquiring one is a goal. Perfection in lighting. Tiered elegance with the appeal of nature dripping in crystal prisms, indeed…

Kristin

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11 thoughts on “Tiered Elegance: Vintage French “Baguès” Gilt Bronze “Palm Frond” Chandeliers dripping in Crystal Prisms

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Caroline! How fantastic that you have obtained one of these stunning crystal chandeliers at a tag sale! I am delighted that this post has provided you with insights as to these objects d’art…I had a difficult time sourcing information so I am happy to share the brief amount that I did! Please let me know if your husband was “taken” with it as you were! Best wishes with the installation of this grand fixture!
      Kristin

  1. Hi Kristin,

    I currently have one of these I am looking to sell. Do you have any interest?, or anyone else? I can provide photos if you wish. We took it out of our home that we are renovating. It has original wiring, so it would be best to have redone. It worked beautifully when we took it down.

    Sharon

    1. Hello Sharon!
      My apologies on my delayed response to your inquiry…I would love to acquire your stunning beauty, but must pass. I would recommend photographing the chandelier and with information regarding the history and value of it, possibly inquire with antique stores or try your hand at selling it on the internet…someone will certainly relish having it hang within their surrounds. Best wishes! Thank you so much for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
      Onward, Kristin

  2. Aloha, I too am looking for one of these palm chandeliers.
    If there is another available I would be interested.

    tvnewscats@gmail is my address

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