19C French Empire Style Crystal Chandelier

19C French Large Empire Style Crystal Chandelier.

Lovely…..large……baluster shaped French crystal Chandelier with gilt metal mounts in the shape of swags and laurels…..fully rewired.

19th Century……circa 1880………….Empire Style.

LOUIS XV: Louis XV (15 February 1710 – 10 May 1774), known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans as Regent of France; the duke was his maternal great-uncle, as well as first cousin twice removed patrilineally. Cardinal Fleury was his chief minister from 1726 until the Cardinal’s death in 1743, at which time the young king took sole control of the kingdom.

During his reign, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands; this territory was won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745 but given back to Austria by the terms of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1748. Louis also ceded New France in North America to Spain and Great Britain at the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War in 1763. He incorporated the territories of Lorraine and Corsica into the kingdom of France. He was succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI in 1774.

Most scholars believe Louis XV’s decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction, as happened in the French Revolution, which broke out 15 years after his death.[1] Norman Davies characterized Louis XV’s reign as “one of debilitating stagnation,” characterized by lost wars, endless clashes between the Court and Parliament, and religious feuds.[2] A few scholars defend Louis, arguing that his highly negative reputation was based on propaganda meant to justify the French Revolution. Jerome Blum described him as “a perpetual adolescent called to do a man’s job.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XV_of_France

Large gilt metal floral ceiling rose. Top bulbous shaped section banded in gilt metal…..moving down to a pear shaped or baluster shaped Chandelier consisting of a wire frame covered in glass beading and individual diamond cut crystals. The mid-section is banded again with gilt metal mounts simulating foliage and laurel leaf swags.

The piece comes to an end with a gilt metal pointed finial.

6 internal bulbs…..LOVELY !!

Check out the matching small chandelier in this section.

19C French Large Empire Style Crystal Chandelier.

Provenance: Bought in France.

Dimensions: 33″ tall and 17″ wide at widest point

Condition: Good.

Price Now: $1,249.99

19C French Crystal Chandelier - large 2

19C French Crystal Chandelier - large

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