Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A blanket term for a multi-branched candlestick, these started to become popular in the second half of the 17th century and well into the 18th. They can often be seen canoodling in pairs or are often guilty of hanging out on the wall attached to convex mirrors or standalone. Most commonly girandoles were constructed of hardwoods, gilded bronze, crystal and of course, silver. Naturally.

Images from Alain Truong, A La Vieille Russie, ArtNet, Dorotheum , Objects of Ornamental Art, Cowan's Auctions