Murano Chandelier collection and Venetian chandeliers

The Murano glass Chandeliers we present in our catalogue are available in a large variety of finishes. Colours, dimensions and designs can generally all be customised. Please contact us for expert advice on your next commission.

Murano glass chandeliers hail from the island of Murano, the famous Venetian island. The heritage of the venetian chanThe Murano chandelier is intrinsically connected to the history of Venetian glass and more importantly of Venetian glassmakers. Chandeliers hailing from Murano are essentially different  form Lead crystal chandeliers. They are made of Soda crystal. This gives a unique property to the glass:- It allows it to be worked by the “Glass Master” for a longer period of time. This allows the amazing feminine and graceful shapes to be executed.  Historically, these pretty and flirtatious glass chandeliers became popular after the iron, wood and brass era of chandeliers, and instantly brought a new dimension the chandelier. A short history Of Murano chandeliers:- It was round the year 1700 that Venetian glassmakers began to produce the very first Murano glass chandeliers. Venetian glass had been in production since the early 13th century, and was renowned as the most beautiful and purest glass in the world. Venetian glassmakers had always excelled at making truly beautiful and original works of art, and it wasn’t long before they used their glass to produce many other products, such as Murano glass mirrors, and, of course, Murano glass chandeliers, although the earliest glass lights were lanterns rather than chandeliers. Traditionally, a Murano chandelier would feature intricate arabesques of leaves and flowers and would often also incorporate coloured glass, made possible by the unique type of glass the glassmakers of Murano used.  The glass they worked with was, as mentioned earlier soda glass (famed also for its extraordinary lightness), but it also contained a small quality of lime, giving it clarity, and was a complete contrast to all different types of glass produced in the world at that time. Murano glassmakers were highly dedicated to the production process. The precision required to twist and shape the chandelier required a massive amount of skill energy and time. The earliest classic example of a Venetian glass chandelier was one produced for Frederick IV of Denmark, who travelled to Murano in 1709, specifically to acquire a chandelier, and by 1718, a chandelier was to be found in his inventory, along with various other Venetian glassware, and continues to hang in the palace today. The production of glass in Murano fell in 1797 due to the occupation of the Venetian republic by the armies of Napoleon, and many of the glassworks closed and the production of the Murano glass chandeliers halted. This was until the mid 19th century, when a revival of Murano glass production took place, and Venetian and Murano glass and their products became intensely popular again.