Elegant Biedermeier Ring Chandelier
This Viennese 12-light Chandelier is very finely executed.
The beautiful, foliate decorated ceiling crown suspends the twelve gilt, original chains consisting of hardwire and gilt wooden beads, holding the wooden carved, moulded hoop, issuing the light arms, alternately embellished with palmettes. The twelve hand-forged arms with wooden carved blossoms and foliate decoration terminate in torches, decorated with carved flowers and shamrocks.
We find similar designs in the drafts of Josef Danhauser (please see below), which today are part of the MAK collection in Vienna. The “Geymüller Schlössel”, a venue in Vienna, shows comparable chandelier models (s. below) in their collection on site.
The Biedermeier Ring Chandelier, we present here, is an excellent example for the elegance and aesthetics of the Viennese design in the first 3rd of the 19th Century. As in all previous epochs, there were special artisans, who proved an extraordinary sense for proportions and form resulting in objects of highest craftsmanship with great attention to detail. Those master pieces were mainly reserved for courtly and aristocratic clients.