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The History of Chandelier Lighting

When considered separately, neither ordinary light nor glass is particularly remarkable, however when combined in the right ways, it's possible to create exquisite effects. The chandelier provides an excellent demonstration of this.

History of Chandelier Lighting

Of course, for a chandelier to work its magic, it needs to be lit. As stated earlier, it's the combination of light and glass that achieves the amazing effect and without light; a chandelier is just not fulfilling its purpose. 

Modern chandelier designers such as Christopher Wray, continuing the traditions established by Tiffany & Co, offset some of the essentiality of light by incorporating art nouveau and art deco methods into their designs. 

Chandeliers have continued to grow in size and extravagance over the years, and they’ve come a long way from the earliest candle chandeliers that date as far back as medieval times.      

Origins of the Chandelier

The origin of chandeliers is an interesting study. When a candle is placed on a table, it illuminates only the area immediately around it. However, people understood that if the candle were held aloft, it would spread light over a wider area. This, incidentally, is the reason portraits of ancient mariners with lanterns show them in a pose with the lantern held high above their heads.

In medieval times, to have at least some form of hanging light in the home, the poor would usually just make a crude wooden cross with candles embedded on each end. Wealthy people could afford more decorative chandeliers, and over time these became increasingly elaborate, eventually becoming status symbols.

Because most houses had thatched roofs, it was necessary for the lighting to hang quite low so the candles would not set the roof ablaze. For this reason, tavern owners and the wealthy began incorporating higher ceilings into their constructions. The less fortunate simply bumped their heads and burned their houses down. Many modern chandelier designers tip their cap to the more humble origins of chandeliers by incorporating faux candles into some of their designs.

Chandeliers became a common feature in homes for years afterwards but what really made them take off was the development of lead glass.

From the mid 19th century, with the wealth divide changing and people travelling more frequently, an era of opulent hotels began to flourish. The chandelier was often a focal point in the lobby or ballroom of the more fancy hotels.

About Christopher Wray Chandeliers

Inspired by the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and other pioneers in modern lighting design, Christopher Wray has been leading the way in designing chandeliers in the UK for many years.

Today, there is a catalogue of hundreds of designs to choose from, with chandeliers available to suit every taste and budget.

For interior decorators looking to incorporate a touch of warmth and elegance to a room, nothing surpasses a chandelier, and with a Christopher Wray chandelier, you are assured of top quality. 

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The effortless grace and beauty of a chandelier make it just the thing to make a home appear more stately, and create a favourable first impression.

To find the best chandelier to suit your home, browse through the catalogue of Christopher Wray chandeliers, and you are sure to find the perfect design.