PRESENTING a GORGEOUS Swarofski/Schonbek Gold and Crystal 12 Branch Chandelier.
Late 20th Century, circa 1970-80.
Has it’s original label for ‘Luminaire’ a high end Canadian lighting company who specialized in Swarofski Schonbek Chandelier in the 1970/80’s.
In fantastic condition.
12 Branches in total. The crown of the piece is a tulip edged crystal bowl pointing upwards. It the connects to a large hurricane/chimney shaped crystal center section which then connects to a downward facing tulip edged bowl. The central body is the color of 24kt gold with roccoco shaped swirls and Adams style medallions. The bottom of the piece ends in another downward facing tulip edged bowl with acorn style finial.
Each branch is ‘S’ shaped with a chimey faxcing upwrd with the socket inside. Then a downward facing straight edged bowl and finished with a downward facing acorn style finial on each.
The Crystal is of exceptional quality, heavy lead crystal with deep cut in a criss-cross pattern (the same with the bowls).
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL & RARE CHANDELIER !
Schonbek is an international lighting manufacturing company specializing in crystal chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps made of crystal or metal trimmed with a variety of crystal types. Styles range from the traditional to contemporary to ultra modern. In recent years colored crystals have been added to the line.
In Bohemia, classic source of the world’s finest crystal, Adolf Schonbek walked away from the family glassworks to start his own business. The year was 1870. Soon Adolf was manufacturing complete glass chandeliers.It was the height of the last great era of romance and candlelight. People of means throughout Europe lived opulently in homes richly furnished and lighted by ornate crystal chandeliers. Not surprisingly, Adolf’s business flourished.In London, the Queen’s agent ordered Schonbek crystal for Buckingham Palace. In America, Schonbek crystal found its way into the White House.Adolf Schonbek began a dynasty of light that extends to the present day. With each succeeding generation Schonbek has made the crystal chandelier.World wars and trade wars came and went, and Arnold Schonbek, Adolf’s grandson, lost the factories first to the Nazis, then to the Communists. After escaping from a tumultuous Europe, Arnold re-established the company in Montreal and eventually moved the headquarters to the United States.In 2007, Schonbek was acquired by Swarovski.
Schonbek Gold and Crystal 12 Branch Chandelier.
Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: 32 inches tall (Main body – can be longer with chain) 30 inches in Diameter.