Girandole

Girandole

[jir-uhn-dohl]
A Girandole (from French, in turn from Italian girandola) is an ornamental branched candlestick or lighting device often composed of several lights. Girandoles came into use about the second half of the 17th century, and were commonly made and used in pairs.

A girandole 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 candlesticks, girandoles have been made in hard woods. Gilded bronze has been a very frequent medium, but for table use silver is still the favorite material.

Girondoles, or lighting devices, have also been attached to looking glasses and furniture. Some popular mirrors, especially the convex style, and some large dressing glasses of the 19th century were known as "girondoles" because of the lighting devices mounted to their sides.

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