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Incredible Porcelain Chandelier

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Sèvres-style porcelain is perfectly complemented by fine ormolu in this majestic chandelier

Key Features

  • This regal chandelier is crafted of Sèvres-style porcelain
  • The central panel was created and signed by the famed François Boucher
  • Magnificent hand-painted Rococo scenes are executed upon rich cobalt blue backgrounds
  • Fine bronze ormolu gives support to this elegant fixture
  • Circa 1870
  • 26" diameter x 40" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    40 Inches
  • Diameter:
    26 Inches
This phenomenal 9-light porcelain chandelier is beautifully crafted in the style of the famed Sèvres Porcelain Maufactory. A gorgeous example of Napoleon III-era artistry, this chandelier exhibits several hallmarks made famous by that illustrious firm. The brilliant cobalt blue ground sets the stage for a wealth of exceptional features, including a cast bronze ormolu gallery and candle arms, an extraordinary Bacchanalian scene hand-painted in a continuous band in the pastoral style of Rococo artist François Boucher, a step fluted domed cover topped with a berried bud finial, strands of faux pearl edging and a band of jeweled foliate scrolls. With its cobalt beaded chain and gold-painted accents, this charming piece exudes elegance and stunning originality. It is also wired for electricity and is in excellent condition.

Center painting is signed "F. Boucher"

Circa 1870

26" diameter x 40" high

Largely due to the influence of Emperor Napoleon III, who wished to have his name associated with the classical grandeur of Rome and cement his place in French history, the decorative style of this period, known as the Second Empire, is distinguished by a vast mixture of styles from previous centuries. Eclecticism reigned as craftsmen revisited the most opulent styles from decades past and created their own elaborate versions. Artisans were inspired by the Renaissance, Henri II furniture, Boulle furniture of the baroque period, rococo and neoclassic Louis XVI furniture. Inspiration also came from the near and far East, as the treasures of China, Japan and Constantinople made their way to Europe.

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