While the charming nodding head figures of pagods on this striking chandelier are undoubtedly of Chinese manufacture the polychrome painted body of the chandelier relates it to north Italian works. The Chinoiserie style was of course hugely fashionable again and again throughout the 18th and 19th century and not only rooms in fashionable houses were decorated in this style but entire palaces built. A related Italian chandelier of similarly impressive proportions and with gilt dragons and seated chinamen holding branches, was executed by Luigi Sani and Lorenzo Ristori for the Salotto Cinese of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, circa 1842. See A.M. Massinelli, Il Mobile Toscano, Milano, 1993, p. 202, plate CXII.

Literature: Thomas Sheraton, Cabinetmaker's and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, third revised edition, London 1802, appendix, pl. 31.
H. Clifford Smith, The Complete History of Buckingham Palace, London 1931, p. 221.


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