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The Luminescent Legacy of Thornham Hall's Chandeliers

The elegance of a chandelier not only stems from its intricate design but also from the history it carries. Among the modern chandeliers that exemplify such grace and grandeur at Nicholas Wells Antiques is the version of a early 18th-century English chandelier from Thornham Hall.

Boasting 16 plain solid arms positioned meticulously across two tiers, this chandelier is a testament to timeless design and masterful craftsmanship. While its form is a nod to the past, its features provide both aesthetic and functional appeal. Each of the central crystal shaft pieces have been hand-blown in the UK, by our exceptionally skilled artisans. These pieces are then meticulously hand-cut by adept glass cutters, ensuring each prism captures and refracts light in a dazzling display.

The metalwork, finished in a resplendent gold, adds opulence to the chandelier. Integrated thoughtfully within the chandelier is an internal receiver bowl. This component, while enhancing the design, plays a pivotal role in discreetly hiding the electrical connections, ensuring the chandelier retains its sleek style. Initially designed to hold candles that cast a warm, ambient glow, the chandelier can be modified for modern convenience, wired for electricity, seamlessly merging historical design with contemporary needs.

The 18th century was a transformative period for chandelier design. The innovative employment of cut glass emerged as a revolutionary way to intensify the illumination from candles and sunlight. This not only accentuated the grandeur of interiors but also positioned chandeliers as the crown jewel of lavish spaces.

Key figures in this transformative early Georgian era were British glass cutters like Maydwell and Windell. Their work in the 18th century set them apart from their contemporaries. Crafting ornate chandeliers for the affluent, their designs were characterised by a unique luminescent refractory pattern. This distinctive style made each chandelier not just a source of light but also a work of art, radiating elegance and opulence.

Our made-to-order version of the Thornham Hall chandelier encapsulates the brilliance of 18th-century design, the meticulousness of skilled artisans, and the evolution of art and technology. It stands as a glowing testament to the golden era of British craftsmanship, illuminating spaces and histories alike.

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Two tier 16 branch Thornham Hall chandelier

Stock Number: 49202

16 plain solid arms are positioned across two tiers in this version of the popular Thornham Hall chandelier. All central crystal shaft pieces were hand blown in the UK and hand cut by our skilled glass cutters. Metalwork is finished in gold including a internal receiver bowl which hides electrical connections. Pictured with candles but has now been wired for electricity. The price shown is exclusive of VAT @ 20%

  • Height : 138 cm (54.3 inches)
  • Width: 122 cm (48 inches)

£35,000

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  • Height : 138 cm (54.3 inches)
  • Width: 122 cm (48 inches)

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