Exquisite Late 19th-Century Aesthetic Movement Iron Pendant Lantern

Historical Context and Design

This late 19th-century chandelier embodies the essence of the Aesthetic Movement, a period marked by a profound appreciation for beauty and craftsmanship. Fashioned from cast and wrought iron, this chandelier exemplifies the intricate metalwork and artistic innovation that defined the era. The Aesthetic Movement, which flourished from the late 19th century into the early 20th century, sought to elevate the decorative arts to the level of fine art, emphasizing aesthetic beauty over mere functionality.

Detailed Description and Artistic Merits

This grand chandelier, measuring 230 cm in height, 91 cm in width, and 71 cm in depth, is a magnificent example of the period’s design philosophy. The large lantern is suspended from eight robust support chains, creating a striking visual impact. The lantern features a D-shaped end design, and its roof is adorned with colored glass panels, adding a touch of vibrant elegance to the piece. This colorful glasswork not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also casts a warm, inviting light when illuminated.

The wrought iron flowers that adorn the basket below the lantern demonstrate the intricate craftsmanship typical of the Aesthetic Movement. Each flower is meticulously crafted, showcasing the attention to detail and the artistic skill of the metalworkers of the time. The central element from which the lantern is suspended is also inset with colored glass, further enriching the chandelier’s decorative complexity and visual allure.

Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts Influences

The chandelier’s design is influenced by both the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, which were contemporaneous with the Aesthetic Movement. The flowing lines and organic forms of the wrought ironwork are characteristic of Art Nouveau, a style that emphasized natural forms and intricate patterns. Meanwhile, the emphasis on handcrafted quality and the use of wrought iron align with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, which championed traditional craftsmanship in response to industrialisation.

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Aesthetic Movement Iron Pendant Lantern

Stock Number: 39705

Late 19th century aesthetic movement chandelier, fashioned in cast and wrought iron, the large lantern hung from eight support chains, has D ends and its lantern shaped ‘roof’ inset with coloured glass panels and supporting a basket of wrought iron flowers. Suspended from a central element inset with coloured glass and above a round canopy.

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height : 230 cm (90.5 inches)
  • Width: 91 cm (36 inches)
  • Depth: 71 cm (28 inches)


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