Antique Chandeliers through the Years

Feb 1st
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Antique Chandeliers – Some of the most beautiful chandeliers are in historic cathedrals, palaces and assembly halls; a quick glance at their glittering illumination will make anyone miss the presence of antique lamps in their home. Over the centuries, intricate light fixtures have become a symbol of class and elegance. The first chandelier was used to illuminate a large room, dating from the medieval era. This basic design consists of a wooden cross with thorns at the end of each arm to hold the candle.

Suspended in the center of the room, antique chandeliers are suitable for large assembly hall lighting. In the early days, only the rich (nobles, priests) could afford the cost of interior lighting, so the chandelier became a status symbol. If a simple household does indeed own it, it is made of wood, bent metal, wrought iron or lead sheet (which later became the main lighting fixture for early America).

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Since the initial model, antique chandeliers have gone through almost every imaginable innovation. Newer models discard the design of the cross by crown or circle shape; wax is replaced by gas power, which is replaced by electricity. Although still used today, they are more widely used for aesthetics than practicality. However, they incorporate some of the most interesting architectural styles today such as art nouveau and art deco.

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