A beautiful chandelier can be the design focal point of a beautiful room! We love chandeliers and will be doing a series of blog posts to show off our vast inventory here at Revelry. To set the mood, let’s start of with a history of chandeliers.
The first candle chandeliers were introduced in medieval times. They were simple fixtures, made of wood on which candles balanced. (Fire hazard!). During the 15th century, other designs began to surface, including ring and crown designs, but these chandeliers were still only found in the homes of the nobility or upper class. The chandelier was a symbol of luxury and status.
In the early 18th century, more ornate chandeliers were being designed with long, curved arms and lots of candles. Even the middle class now had some illumination at night! Cast metals and wood were used and Neoclassical motifs were common during this time. Then, advances in glassmaking allowed less expensive production of lead crystal and the crystal chandelier was born!
Gas chandeliers were popular in the mid-19th century and most candle chandeliers were converted to gas. (Goodbye fire hazard!). Then when electricity was introduced in the 1890s, dual-purpose chandeliers were made to use both gas and electricity, until eventually the standard became fixtures wired only for electricity.
By the end of the 20th century, the chandelier became more of a decorative fixture, than practical. But today’s chandeliers can give off a subtle, ambient light to set the perfect mood for an event.