Did I mention my weakness?
Yes, I have a weakness, a harmless obsession (really, honest!) for collecting them; especially those of the antique kind. I’ve won them all on ebay, from when we lived in London. I’ve restored half of them, and still have many hours of polishing yet to do on the others - which are quietly shut away in boxes. Some day soon we will have a house in which we can showcase them all. And so, I have six chandeliers… for now! Please allow me to introduce them all:
1. The basket chandelier.
(Above) OK, so my first foray into pre-loved chandelier shopping didn’t go 100% according to plan. As it turns out, this chandelier is a fairly common 1970s style, rather than truly antique. That said, I think it would do rather well in an art deco setting. I did need to replace all the wire between the crystals as the originals were disintegrating with handling - but in the end this one’s a real dazzler when hit by light.
2. The 3-arm cupid chandelier.
No no, it's the chandelier that has 3 arms, not the cupid! This little beauty was in a sad and sorry state of disrepair from the beginning. It wasn’t tarnished so much as painted - in a dull metal paint. Stripping the layers of paint off was a messy process but well worth it. After a good solid round of polishing I decided it still needed further sprucing up. With a little help from my jewellery friend, a few holes were drilled into the brass frame (thanks Dan!) and I was able to hang many strands of pre-loved lead crystal glass, to create some extra oomph! This romantic chandelier would make the perfect addition to a bedroom methinks.
3. The 5-arm renaissance style chandelier.
This poor dilapidated chandelier required many laborious hours of fiddly polishing - as you can see from the before and after photo below. As with the cupid chandelier, so too I had my friend drill holes into the brass, for hanging added lead crystal drops. This timeless classic will do well in a reception or living room....
4. The salvaged treasure.
Rescued from a west London house renovation. Similar to the chandelier above, but with a flattened mid section (and no glass). This one remains both unrestored and stored away for now.
5. The 3-tiered fountain.
The only one of my chandeliers on display, this french cascading chandelier features rather lovely brass detailing about its crown. And below is a fun photo I took using the kaleidoscope setting on the PhotoBooth app. The chandelier hangs suspended from cross-wires atop our beautifully carved four poster bed.
Just what everyone needs in their life: a bed-chandelier!
6. Classic glass arm.
Acquired at a very reasonably priced antique store in Maryborough, QLD Australia. Needs to be cleaned up and rewired. On the same shopping trip, I also couldn't walk past this pair of lovely matching bedside table lamps.
7. Large Gothic masterpiece.
My most recent purchase (Jan 2016). One of those rare finds that is totally unique. Will look to see if I like it better with the arms pointing upwards or downwards. Yet to be decided.
8. And now: the crowning glory, my pride and joy. The 15-arm brass Flemish chandelier.
This magnificent brass chandelier is of the style typically seen in cathedrals right across Europe. At right, you can see me gleefully cutting into the packaging. The second photo below, shows it in its current state: dismantled, unrestored and finally stowed away.
I have quite the fancy to set it low above an enormous oak dining table - not unlike in this picture (at bottom) which I took inside the dining room at Lindisfarne Castle.
Well, that’s the round-up. Thanks for reading!
I hope you took great pleasure from reading about my little obsession.