Girandole - Encyclopedia

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GIRANDOLE (from the Ital. girandola), an ornamental branched candlestick of several lights. It came into use about the second half of the 17th century, and was commonly made and used in pairs. It has always been, comparatively speaking, a luxurious appliance for lighting, and in the great 18th-century period of French house decoration the famous ciseleurs designed some exceedingly beautiful examples. A great variety of metals has been used for the purpose - sometimes, as in the case of the candlestick, girandoles have been made in hard woods. Gilded. bronze has been a very frequent medium, but for table purposes silver is still the favourite material.

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