Your Murano glass chandelier isn’t just a beautiful light fixture, it is also the end result of centuries of work and innovation by the glass artisans of the Venetian island of Murano in Italy. At Expert Lighting, we know about the rich history and workmanship of a Murano chandelier. When you call us for chandelier cleaning Manhattan NY, you can be confident that we will keep all of these factors in mind when we clean your delicate chandelier:
❖ Murano’s glass making tradition began in the 13th century when Venetian glassmakers, fearing fire and the destruction of their wooden buildings, moved their foundries to the island. Glassmakers there became prominent Venetian citizens but they were not allowed to leave for fear that they would spread their skills to other countries.
❖ Through the development and the refinement of their art, they produced crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori) and milk glass (lattimo). When Murano began producing chandeliers, the glass they devised for them was soda glass. Soda glass stayed pliable longer after being heated, making it easier to shape into intricate designs.
❖ In the 18th century, glassmakers introduced Murano glass mirrors and chandeliers, which were an instant success because of their ability to reflect and refract light. They became more popular than the old-fashioned wood, iron and brass chandeliers. This new type of Murano glass chandelier was called “ciocca,” which means “bouquet of flowers” because of their characteristic design of glazed, multi-colored flowers.
❖ One of the most famous designers and producers of Murano chandeliers was Giuseppe Briati, who came to be identified with the now-typical Murano style which is a multi-armed chandelier decorated with garlands, flowers and leaves. His Rezzonico chandeliers have arms that are formed by many small pieces of glass.
❖ Production of Murano glass chandeliers stopped when Napoleon’s armies occupied the island at the end of the 18th century. It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that the production of glass and glass chandeliers resumed.
❖ Glass chandeliers continue to be produced in Murano today and are as detailed and as colorful as chandeliers produced in the past. They can be found in homes and businesses around the world. Chandelier cleaning Manhattan NY specializes in cleaning these beautiful art pieces.
Murano glass chandeliers are at once breathtakingly elegant and warmly inviting. They light a room like no other fixture you will ever own. When you need periodic chandelier cleaning Manhattan NY, call us at Expert Lighting at 866-570-5570. Our professionals have many years of experience handling fragile glass work and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our excellent customer service reputation.
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