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Pair of Girandoles

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Pair of Girandoles






about 1730


Gilt bronze; rock crystal

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Drops of rock crystal or glass were often included in lighting fixtures because they multiplied and fragmented the candlelight. At the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, candelabra were often placed on tall stands to throw the light farther around the room. A Parisian newspaper, the Mercure Galant, reported in 1677 about people's astonishment at the amount of light created as the candle flames reflected off the crystal.

- 1953

Kraemer et Cie, French, founded 1875 (Paris, France), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1953.

1953 - 1975

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975.


Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), pp. 16-17, 25, 27, no. 31.

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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. 95, no. 150.

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. 77, no. 152.

Harwood, Buie, Bridget May, and Curt Sherman. Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002), p. 392, no. 23-12, pl. 56.