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Large chandelier – Louis XIV era, early 18th century

with transparent and coloured glass, with rock crystal, silvery, pink and green leaves made with transparent lacquer, and silvery and gilded bronze

Provenance: Kraemer Gallery, 1974
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Grand lustre en verre, Époque Louis XIV.

The rosettes and the pendants are lined with silvery paper covered with transparent pink lacquer. The glass beads are blue, brown and purple, like coloured gemstones. The chandelier was probably made in Wurzburg, Germany, where other similar chandeliers can be found at the royal palace.
This chandelier is even more striking when you look at it from above; it must have been hung over a staircase where people could admire it from above.