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Item # AV108

Bronze And Cut Crystal Chandelier
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An Exceptional Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze And Cut Crystal Twenty Four Light Basket Chandelier

By Mottheau and Son Paris

 

Wonderful quality bronze casted cage in oval form, two arms shaped as torches with five lights and two as scantily clad women holding four lights, with multi-faceted and shaped crystal, 6 crystal spears, eighteen perimeter and six interior lights.

 

A very similar chandelier is pictured by Mottheau and Son at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.

 

Maison Mottheau & Fils:

The bronzier Maison Mottheau & Fils is perhaps best known for their 'torchère lumineuse' exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle; an ambitious and monumental tour de force executed in gilt bronze and onyx from a design by Eugène-Frédéric Piat. Specializing primarily in lighting fixtures, the firm took full advantage of the advent of electricity, incorporating it with their decorative designs, combining function with elaborate decoration. Commenting on the introduction of electricity, the Art Journal wrote of Mottheau's display at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle.

The French section shows many examples of fine work applied under the new conditions, but we doubt if a more complete success is to be recorded to the credit of any exhibitor than can be conceded to Messieurs Mottheau et fils.


Item # AV108

Details
Height: 69 inches / 175cm
Width: 56 inches /142cm
Depth: 41 inches / 104cm
Lights: 24
Maker: Maison Mottheau

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