Saturday, May 3, 2014

Collecting....Crystal Chandeliers

During the 18th century glass chandeliers were produced by Bohemians and Venetian glass makers 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. The trend continued through the years...and today the beauty of hand cut crystal chandeliers has never been more sought after. It seems almost every design magazine or book shows many examples unique to the each home's style, simple or elaborate. I love to see the petite ones tucked into an alcove or small bath, also love one in a bedroom and  the impact of a crystal chandelier over the dining table is stunning & dramatic. I always use a dimmer, I prefer the vintage & antique ones because the crystals are beautiful, deeply faceted, beveled & usually hand cut. I love to use the old ornate chains, easily found & really make a difference. Crystal chandeliers are one my very fave  decorating items, I usually have several in my home & shop...I never tire of the look, the glow, the way the light bounces off the crystals. Sharing with you a few of my faves...
Beautiful French chandelier hung over a simple farmhouse table...
Italian macaroni crystal beaded chandelier
Petite vintage chandy from Decor de Provence
Alex  Vervoordt
French Antique chandelier in Paris
Antique crystal & macaroni beaded Venetian Chandy
Love this setting...chandelier in the garden

Dining under a fabulous chandelier in France

Until next time....Cheers

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