Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chandeliers of Versailles

Last February while on a business trip to Paris, I spent a day at the Palace of Versailles with my niece and nephew. It was a weekday and the foot traffic was pretty light so we meandered around at a leisurely pace which allowed us to take in the details of this visual extravaganza. I was intrigued by the latches on windows, elaborate mouldings, rich fabrics, sculpted feet of statues and the intricate needlepoint work on a chair seat or bench. You can see those photos in an earlier post.

I also found the chandeliers fascinating. While the most elaborate and surely most photographed are those that hang in the Hall of Mirrors, there are many others that are visually interesting.

Some are held up by other artifacts,

while others are lighting bed chambers

and sitting rooms.

Many of the chandeliers are adorned with crystals, but some are more understated (relatively speaking, of course, lest we forget where we are)...

This hangs, along with matching wall sconces, in the foyer of the Grand Trianon, a smaller palace on the grounds.

If you are contemplating hanging one of these beauties in your own dining room the lowest point of the chandelier should hang 32 inches/81.28 cm above your table.

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