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About Peony Chandelier

THIS IS A CHARMING EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL FLORENTINE IRONWORK CHANDELIER, NAMED TOLE, A TERM FOR LACQUERED OR PAINTED METAL, WHICH WERE INDIVIDUALLY HAND CRAFTED BY THE FERRONNIER (IRONWORKER) FOR THE LOCAL GENTRY. THIS TYPE OF CHANDELIER WAS POPULAR IN FRANCE AND NEIGHBOURING ITALY SINCE THE 18th CENTURY WHEN THEY WERE ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR USE WITH CANDLES AND THESE LOVELY IRONWORK CHANDLIERS HAVE ALWAYS REMAINED IN DEMAND WITH THE ONLY ALTERATION BEING THE ADDITION OF BEING WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY. THE SKILL OF THE FERRONNIER IN THE FASHIONING OF THE FLOWERS AND LEAVES WHICH ARE TRADITIONALLY PART OF THE INTEGRAL DESIGN VARIES; SOME ARE VERY SIMPLE AND STYLIZED AND OTHERS HAVE A NATURALISTIC ARTISTRY WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE BEARING IN MIND THE DIFFICULT MEDIUM OF IRONWORK. THIS APPEALING CHANDELIER DATES FROM THE 1950'S AND VERY FEW EXAMPLES OF THIS QUALITY FROM THE PERIOD REMAIN. THIS BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED AND CONFIDENTLY EXECUTED PIECE IS STRIKING AND UNUSUAL; THE BEAUTIFUL EXOTIC FLOWERS HAVE BEEN ARTISTICALLY AND SKILFULLY SCULPTED TO CREATE AN UNUSUAL WORK OF ART. THIS LARGE 5 BRANCH CHANDELIER IS ARTISTICALLY ARRANGED IN A STUNNING ARRAY OF PASTEL COLOURED FLOWERS AND LEAVES. THERE IS A CENTRAL SUPPORT BAR WHICH IS ENCIRCLED WITH LEAF DECORATION IN PALE GREEN ALONG WITH THREE LONG STEMMED LARGE PEONIES IN COLOURS OF PALE PEACH WHICH ARE DECORATED WITH SMALLER MEDIUM GREEN LEAVES AND INTERSPERSED WITH LONG EARS OF CORN TINGED WITH PALE YELLOW. THE CENTRAL SUPPORT BAR HAS A RING SUPPORT FROM WHICH A LENGTH OF CHAIN IS ATTACHED TO A CEILING ROSE. THE FIVE ELEGANTLY CURVED CANDLE HOLDERS HAVE LOVELY LARGE DOUBLE LEAF SPILLS WHICH ARE INTERESPERSED WITH SMALLER PEONIES, THE CENTRES OF WHICH ARE COLOURED A DARK APRICOT WITH FURTHER VERY LARGE PALE GREEN LEAVES. THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE HAS BEEN FORMED WITH UNUSUAL SKILL AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IN TANDEM WITH GREAT ARTISTRY TO CREATE AN EXTREMELY ALLURING CHANDELIER. THE CONDITION IS EXCELLENT WITH MINOR CHIPS TO THE PAINTWORK, WHICH IS NATURAL FOR ITS AGE, AND WOULD MAKE A WONDERFULLY UNIQUE CENTREPIECE TO ANY ROOM. THE CHANDELIER IS WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY AND IN FULL WORKING ORDER.