Art Deco Style Multi Layered SwaroVski Crystal Chandelier Extra Large – STUNNING

Art Deco Style Multi Layered Swarovski Crystal Chandelier Extra Large.

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING extra large Art Deco Style Chandelier from the mid-20th Century.

Multi – layered in gorgeous Swarovski crystal !!

The Chandelier has been confirmed to be a very RARE Mid Century Schonbek Chandelier (a subsidiary of Swarovski) by a Swarovski expert attached to Swarovski USA here in Dallas.

There are in the region of 1,000 pieces of crystal on this chandelier !!!!!

The outer layer on each level consists of 2.5″ baguettes and the multiple inner layers consist of 6.5″ baguettes.

Newly re-wired……it has 32 bulbs in total.

The chandelier tapers as it progresses downwards.


The inner shaft and all hardware are brass plated but have a more gold color than brass.


Art Deco Style Multi Layered Swarovski Crystal Chandelier Extra Large.

CHANDELIER: The word chandelier was first known in the English language in the 1736, borrowed from the Old French word chandelier, which comes from the Latin candelabrum.[2]
A chanderlier in one of the Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal, India
One of the largest chandeliers in the world ever produced for the Al Ameen Mosque in Muscat (Oman) shortly before delivery.
An antique chandelier with candles in Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue
Illustration of a medieval chandelier from King René’s Tournament Book, 1460

The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times, this type of chandelier could be moved to different rooms.[3] From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Its high cost made the chandelier a symbol of luxury and status.

By the early 18th century, ornate cast ormolu forms with long, curved arms and many candles were in the homes of many in the growing merchant class. Neoclassical motifs became an increasingly common element, mostly in cast metals but also in carved and gilded wood. Chandeliers made in this style also drew heavily on the aesthetic of ancient Greece and Rome, incorporating clean lines, classical proportions and mythological creatures.[4] Developments in glassmaking later allowed cheaper production of lead crystal, the light scattering properties of which quickly made it a popular addition to the form, leading to the crystal chandelier.

During the 18th century glass chandeliers were produced by Bohemiens and Venetian glassmakers who were both masters in the art of making chandeliers. Bohemian style was largely successful across Europe and its biggest draw was the chance to obtain spectacular light refraction due to facets and bevels of crystal prisms. As a reaction to this new taste Italian glass factories in Murano created new kinds of artistic light sources. Since Murano glass was not suitable for faceting, typical work realized at the time in other countries where crystal was used, venetian glassmakers relied upon the unique qualities of their glass. Typical features of a Murano chandelier are the intricate arabeques of leaves, flowers and fruits that would be enriched by coloured glass, made possible by the specific type of glass used in Murano. This glass they worked with was so unique, as it was soda glass (famed for its extraordinary lightness) and was a complete contrast to all different types of glass produced in the world at that time. An incredible amount of skill and time was required to precisely twist and shape a chandelier. This new type of chandelier was called “ciocca” literally bouquet of flowers, for the characteristic decorations of glazed polychrome flowers. The most sumptuous of them consisted of a metal frame covered with small elements in blown glass, transparent or colored, with decorations of flowers, fruits and leaves, while simpler model had arms made with a unique piece of glass. Their shape was inspired by an original architectural concept: the space on the inside is left almost empty since decorations are spread all around the central support, distanced from it by the length of the arms. One of the common use of the huge Murano Chandeliers was the interior lighting of theatres and rooms in important palaces.[5]

In the mid-19th century, as gas lighting caught on, branched ceiling fixtures called gasoliers (a portmanteau of gas and chandelier) were produced, and many candle chandeliers were converted. By the 1890s, with the appearance of electric light, some chandeliers used both gas and electricity. As distribution of electricity widened, and supplies became dependable, electric-only chandeliers became standard. Another portmanteau word, electrolier, was formed for these, but nowadays they are most commonly called chandeliers. Some are fitted with bulbs shaped to imitate candle flames, for example those shown below in Epsom and Chatsworth, or with bulbs containing a shimmering gas discharge.

The world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, a gift from Queen Victoria, is located in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. It has 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tons. Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has balusters of Baccarat crystal.

More complex and elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but the widespread introduction of gas and electricity had devalued the chandelier’s appeal as a status symbol.

Toward the end of the 20th century, chandeliers were often used as decorative focal points for rooms, and often did not illuminate.


SWAROFSKI: Swarovski AG (/swɒrˈɒfski/ sworr-OFF-skee, German pronunciation [svaˈʀɔfski])[2] is an Austrian producer of luxury cut lead glass, headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into two major industry areas, the Swarovski Kristall business unit that primarily works with luxury items, fashion design crystals and high-end optics such as telescopes, and the Tyrolit business unit that manufactures bonded abrasives as well as concrete sawing and drilling machinery.
Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic).[3] His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that the young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.[4][5]

In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosman, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co.[3] The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.[4][6]

Nadja Swarovski, the founder’s great-great granddaughter, is a member of the Swarovski executive board.[7]
The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, etc.

The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal glass sculptures and miniature, jewelry and couture, home decor, and chandeliers. It is best known for its small animal figurines which have loyal and very longstanding collectors and fans.

All sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, which was replaced by an S.A.L. logo, which was finally replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.[8]

To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, gives the surface a rainbow appearance.[9] Other coatings are named by the company, including Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.

In 2004 Swarovski released Xilion, a copyrighted cut designed to optimise the brilliance of Roses (components with flat backs) and Chatons (diamond cut).

The Swarovski Group also includes Tyrolit (makers of abrasive and cutting tools); Swareflex (reflective and luminous road markings); Signity (synthetic and natural gemstones); and Swarovski Optik (optical instruments such as binoculars and rifle scopes).

Swarovski have also created a fragrance range which include both liquid and solid perfumes.[10]

The company runs a crystal-themed museum, Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) at its original Wattens site (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). The Crystal Worlds Centre is fronted by a grass-covered head, the mouth of which is a fountain. The grass-covered Crystal Worlds Centre houses exhibitions related to, or inspired by, the crystals but do not include explanations of how the famous designs are made, produced or finished.

Swarovski work was recently exhibited at Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair based on the concept of a single continuous beam of fragmented light travelling through a crystal.


Art Deco Style Multi Layered Swarovski Crystal Chandelier Extra Large.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Condition: It is missing some crystal baguettes….circa 30….this may sound like a lot … but when fully assembled and due to the numerous layers on each row (3 layers deep) these are not even noticeable and do not adversely affect the piece, in our opinion. We are presently arranging to see if Swarovski USA can provide us with replacement crystals for the one’s that are missing. If we are successful, then the asking price for this beauty will increase substantially.

Dimensions: 82″ long from the top layer to the bottom layer (6.84 feet long)…….the chain and cover can add an additional 2 to 3 feet of length ……..making this chandelier almost 10 feet long !!!! It is circa 30″ (2.5 feet) wide at its widest point……tapering down to only 3″ wide at the base.


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