According to Merriam Webster, an antique is “a relic or object of ancient times” or “a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago.” Ruby Lane, an online marketplace of independent antique and collectible shops, offers a similar definition, explaining, “Most authorities consider the actual definition of the term ‘antique’ to mean an age of at least 100 years. If an item is not definitively datable to 100 or more years in age, it should not be directly referred to as an antique.”
Today, we decided to show you a few antique chandeliers with a twist of industrial style. Let’s see them…
4-Light Sheffield Chandelier
Bold and fresh when first introduced by American lighting manufacturers around 1900, the graceful lines and distinctive shell-like ribbing of the Sheffield style were meant to evoke the work of expert colonial metalsmiths. This antique is a lovely example of Sheffield design, paired here with a set of rare Sheffield-style etched amber glass shades.
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Classical Revival Cameo Chandelier
Cameos have been symbols of remembrance since ancient Greece and Roman times, so it follows that a Classical Revival–style chandelier would remember the cameo. Less classical are the over-the-top metalwork and downward-facing sockets, but that’s what makes this one-of-a-kind antique a standout.
Classical Revival 4-Light Chandelier W/ Nuart Carnival Glass Shades
The shower of lights hangs from a heavy cast filigree disk, laden with intricate floral motifs. Each arm is adorned with various Classical design elements, and each terminates in an incredibly lovely Nuart Carnival Glass shade. Satin on the outside and iridized on the inside, these amber shades offer a wonderfully rosy glow when lit.
Markham House 5-Light Chandelier The Markham House, built in 1911, was one of the first homes constructed in Portland, Oregon’s historic Laurelhurst neighborhood. The house, which stands at one of the Laurelhurst’s stately gateways, was designed as the model for other homes planned for the community. To this day, it remains one of the most remarkable, important structures of early 20th century style in the city. This incredible chandelier (removed from the Markham House 25 years ago), would have originally hung in the living room surrounded by similarly-styled beam lights.
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