19C French Louis XV Style Crystal Chandelier

19C French Louis XV Style Crystal Chandelier.

Very nice small Chandelier……French Crystal with gilt metal mounts……………in the shape of an acorn.

Fully re-wired.

From 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

Gilt metal laurel leaf swags and banding…..wire frame covered in small crystals and individual diamond cut crystals.

Single bulb.

Check out the matching large chandelier in this Section.

19C French Louis XV Style Crystal Chandelier.

Provenance: Bought in France.

Dimensions: 22″ long and 10″ wide

Condition: Good.

Price Now: $499

19C French Crystal Chandelier - small 2

19C French Crystal Chandelier - small

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