Vermeer 119: 19th Century Model Copper Chandelier With 18 Lamps H80xB82

7.965 inc. VAT

Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675) painted many Dutch interiors besides his famous "Girl with a Pearl Earring". In the painting "The Art of Painting", a magnificent golden chandelier hangs above the painter and his subject. Dutch historians have noted that such chandeliers allowed artists to demonstrate their expertise in rendering shimmering and refracting copper under changing lighting conditions. A true testament to their craftsmanship and artistry.

The aesthetic brilliance of 19th-century Dutch lighting design is best exemplified by this imposing Vermeer 119 two-tier chandelier. Each of the two 82 cm wide tiers is lit by eighteen beautifully curved arms beautifully crafted of hollow copper. The frame of each round tier is adorned with intricate metal curls that converge at a pendant sculpted in the centre. Standing 80 cm tall, this showpiece is electrically wired for the present. The polished brass glows softly, evoking memories of the bygone Golden Age, when opulent pendants adorned aristocratic mansions across Europe.

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