Rococo Revival Bronze Chandelier

  • This captivating bronze chandelier exhibits the exuberant style of the French Rococo Revival
  • Crafted by Alexandre Charpentier, the gilded bronze fixture is a symphony of organic forms
  • The piece emits a brilliant glow thanks to fifteen vine-like arms that blossom from the center
  • Classically-inspired elements such as flowers and acanthus leaves comprise the lush design
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Item No. 29-8397

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This stunning French bronze ormolu chandelier is almost certainly the work of artist Alexandre Charpentier. Crafted entirely of gilded bronze, this striking light is a masterpiece of the Rococo Revival style. A symphony of asymmetrical curves and organic forms, its five arms emerge from the central base, each sprouting three branches for a total of 15 lights. The center itself is a work of art, an elaborately pierced column comprised of scrolls and acanthus, and surmounted by an intrepid bird. The revival of Rococo, the exuberant style associated with Louis XV and his famed mistress, Madame de Pompadour, began around 1840 and lasted until the turn of the century. It is believed by many that the organic sensuality of Rococo had a direct influence on Art Nouveau.

Wired for electricity

Signed “N. 1. A.Charpentier”

Circa 1885

34” high

Alexandre Charpentier (1856-1909) was one of the most significant figures of the late-19th-century artistic vanguard. Apprenticed to an engraver as a young man, he became a studio assistant to the innovative medallist Hubert Ponscarme and began exhibiting in 1874 at the annual Paris Salon. A friend of Auguste Rodin and Constantin Meunier, Charpentier became increasingly involved in the decorative arts, often collaborating with other artists in the production of furniture, elements of boiserie, boxes, and other objects ornamented with finely cast bronze reliefs. Experimenting widely with materials and techniques, he created decorative objects in silver, pewter, ceramic and even molded paper. In 1892, Charpentier was instrumental in founding Les Cinq, a group of like-minded artists dedicated to the integration of the fine and applied arts. 
Rococo Revival Bronze Chandelier
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Chandeliers
Depth: 25.0 Inches
Width: 25.0 Inches
Height: 35.0 Inches

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