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This important Napoleon III gilt-bronze chandelier is finely cast and chiselled with exotic neo-gothic ‘troubadour’ style decoration.
The chandelier has a baluster stem cast with foliate arabesque and surmounted by a pineapple finial. The lower section of the stem issues three scrolling branches, each with ten lights and
supported by winged female terms flanking strapwork cartouches centred by entwined snakes. The candle branches terminate in circular nozzles and foliate scrolling drip pans.
The Troubadour style emerged during the French Restauration and Second Empire, as an eclectic revival of gothic and Renaissance ornament. As a reaction against the strict confines of Neo-classicism and an attempt to return to the romanticised ideals of the Middle Ages, it was comparable to the Gothic revival that came to dominate much of the architectural and artistic design in Britain and the USA, during the early to mid-19th century. Characterised by a more whimsical approach, than its Anglo-Saxon counterparts, the French Troubadour style, was defined by Romanticism and use of elaborate ornamentation.
|Height||102.00 cm||(40.16 inches)|