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Chandeliers and Lanterns

Chandeliers provide a great display of light; they are not only practical but ornamental as well. The first known and recorded chandeliers are from the 14th century, although it is presumed they were used much earlier than this. The earliest pieces were found in churches, cathedrals and wealthy houses. Originally, they would have been designed to hold candles, and there are many antique chandeliers that were made for that purpose, but a great number of them have now been altered to run on electricity. The word ‘chandelle’ originates from the French language and directly translates to ‘candle holder’. Antique chandeliers were typically made from either wood, glass, brass, silver, bronze or crystals. It took a high level of craftsmanship to work with the variety of materials and create the elaborate and impressive items we see today. Throughout history and still today, chandeliers continue to become more and more decorative in their design. Through much of history, lanterns were one of the main sources of light and the function and use remained constant until the introduction of electricity. Here at Patrick Sandberg Antiques, we have a collection of stunning and highly decorative lanterns, that would have featured in the interior and exterior of grand houses. Browse our full range of chandeliers and lanterns below…