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The crowning glory in many a classically proportioned room, the chandelier is once again enjoying the spotlight. This book takes the reader through the history of the chandelier from its first candle-lit forms to the innovative designs produced today. With 200 beautiful photos in a variety of settings, this book reveals what a chandelier can do for your home.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Bulfinch; First Edition edition (November 12, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0821227688

ISBN-13: 978-0821227688

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 11.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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If you are a student of decorative arts or you simply love the sparkle of crystal droplets and soft candlelight in a dimly lit room, "Chandeliers" is for you. It is lavishly illustrated and informative. Hilliard offers a thorough history of the chandelier, from the most rustic wood or bronze medieval pieces to the highly refined crystal showpieces of the 18th and 19th centuries to fanciful Venetian glass creations and contemporary works. Chandeliers are shown in period settings as well as in modern homes and in unexpected settings. An excellent resource list of antique dealers and retailers is also provided complete with website addresses.

This is one of the better books out there on Chandeliers. The only way you will find one better is to pay at least $50.00 and then good luck finding available copies of the ones out there. I have done a lot of research on available books on the history of Chandeliers and the selection is very limited. For the money, this is the best one so far. It has many beautiful pictures and takes you through the evolution of the chandelier from the past to the present. It would also make a nice coffee book table.Eileen

Quite a good book on chandeliers. It is interesting that any book that covers English decorative arts often shortchanges French decorative arts, and vice-versa. The glory of the gilt or silvered bronze and crystal French chandeliers are given much less attention here, but otherwise the book is quite comprehensive. Lovely, evocative shots of of fixtures in situ.