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Eighteen-armed spherical chandelier made of enamelled metal,

glass and chiselled gilded openwork bronze
Circa 1818-1820. By Gérard-Jean Galle

Provenance: Galerie Kraemer

J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 

Lustre en forme de sphere

This chandelier features an impressive blue sphere with small gilded stars in three different sizes. The central part of the sphere features a gilded bronze frieze representing the twelve zodiac signs. The frieze supports eighteen coiling arms, four of which are griffin-shaped. The base of each arm coils around itself, ending with the head of a rooster.

At the bottom of the chandelier lies a glass basin that was meant to hold goldfish. Top of the basin features a chiselled gilded openwork bronze ornament that features an eagle.