This fantastic chandelier is currently on view in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s east galleria. It hangs there to represent the European collections in our reinstallation display–and I think that is does a great job!
Dating to the early 18th century, the chandelier is typically Dutch in form. The design is a perfect example of baroque restraint, from its curved arms, a baluster-shaped shaft, and the balancing ball with finial. Overall, it is graceful and well-proportioned—it was clearly made by a master metalworker. The glossy dark patina is also well-done and in great condition.