A Brief History Of Chandeliers

Published on April 07 2010 by GuestPoster in Lighting


Chandeliers have a long and interesting history. From the middle, ages where they were cross like fixtures, to today where people suspend lavish and ornately decorated fixtures. Though not so much a sign of status as they once were chandeliers are still widely used and loved today.

The earliest models of chandeliers appeared in the middle ages. Though they did perform the same function as the modern chandelier they were used more for practicality than decoration. People would often suspend a wooden cross-like fixture, with candles secured on metal spikes, by a string or wire. Once raised to the desired height the fixture would then be hung on a hook to ensure that it stayed in place. Once used primarily in places of assembly, their role in society changed as the years went by.

In the 15th century there was a turn in their applications. As they began to work their way into the home and the turned into an object of decoration and pleasure rather than a practical fixture. They began to represent a status, a rank in society. They started to resemble crowns and took on a more ornate tone. These quickly found their way into the homes of the rich and the wealthy.

Approaching the 18th century chandeliers began to not only be made out of carved wood but metal as well. These of course were more expensive but were found more commonly in the expanding merchant class. Due to advancements in glass making lead crystals, known for their light scattering properties, were added to these chandeliers and thus the crystal chandelier was born.

Further advancements in fuel and power, gave birth to the gas chandelier and eventually the electric powered model. With this the modern designs that we can create are both stunning and astonishing. Chandeliers have turned into not only a symbol of status and rank but a coveted fixture and an ornate piece of architecture and decoration.

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