The J. Paul Getty Museum

Chandelier

Object Details

Title:

Chandelier

Artist/Maker:

Gérard Jean Galle (French, 1788 - 1846)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1818–1819

Medium:

Gilt bronze; glass; painted copper; gilt tin; iron armature

Object Number:

73.DH.76

Dimensions:

119.5 × 99 cm (47 1/16 × 39 in.)

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Object Description

A hot-air balloon inspired the design of this fanciful chandelier with its blue globe strewn with stars above a glass bowl. The twelve signs of the zodiac wrap around the globe on a gilt-bronze band. The maker, Gérard Jean Galle, fitted the bowl with a plug and explained that it could hold water and small goldfish, “whose continuous movement will give agreeable recreation to the eye.” When he exhibited a chandelier of this design in 1819, Galle described it as a lustre à poisson (fish chandelier).

Provenance
Provenance
- 1972

Private Collection [sold, Collection de Madame X... tableaux anciens, orfèvrerie, objets d'art et de bel ameublement [...], Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 7, 1972, lot 83, to Kraemer et Cie.]

1972 - 1973

Kraemer et Cie, French, founded 1875 (Paris, France; New York, New York), sold through French and Company to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier (April 9, 2019 to April 19, 2020)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 9, 2019 to April 19, 2020
Bibliography
Bibliography

Fredericksen, Burton B., ed. The J. Paul Getty Museum: Greek and Roman Antiquities, Western European Paintings, French Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth Century (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), p. 165, ill.

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), pp. 86, 102, no. 134, ill.

Shapiro, Michael. "Monsieur Galle, Bronzier et Doreur." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 6-7 (1978-79), pp. 61-66, figs. 3-5, 8.

Wilson, Gillian. Selections from the Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), pp. 100-101, no. 50, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 179, ill.

Ottomeyer, Hans, and Peter Pröschel, eds. Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus. Vol 1, Katalog der Bronzearbeiten (Munich: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1986), p. 359, fig. 5.11.6.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 57, no. 127, ill.

Jackson-Stops, Gervase. "Boulle by the Beach: Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum." Country Life 179, no. 4624 (April 3, 1986), p. 856.

Bourne, Jonathan, and Vanessa Brett. Lighting in the Domestic Interior: Renaissance to Art Nouveau (London: Sotheby's, 1991), p. 162.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 99, no. 160, ill.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 124-25, no. 98, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 233, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 81, no. 161, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 270, ill.

Kesterson, Casie. The Goldfish in the Chandelier (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012).

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 313, ill.

Education Resources
Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Take a Trip on the Chandelier

Lesson in which students create sculptures and write narratives inspired by a chandelier made to look like a hot air balloon.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts

K-2

Three/Five-Part Lesson

Neoclassicism Curriculum (Education at the Getty

Science and Exploration in the Decorative Arts

Lesson in which students understand the Age of Exploration and the Scientific Revolution through studying European decorative arts.

Visual Arts; History–Social Science

6-8

Two-Part Lesson