Paris chandeliers

As mentioned in my last post, I finally finished going through my photos from my Paris trip 5 months ago (!!). While in Paris, I became a little obsessed with chandeliers. Yes, those ornate light fixtures that I would almost definitely never have in my home because the glamorous look isn’t for me. I adore them. I looked for, admired, and took many pictures of them in every place we visited. They hung in art museums, castles, the city hall and pretty much any semi historic building (unless the era didn’t have chandeliers, like Chateau de Vincennes).

According to my vacation pictures, I have a thing for chandeliers. I have pictures of them from just about every building we visited. This one is from one of the buildings at Versailles (not the main palace; the Grande Trianon, if I remember correctly).
When I posted this on Instagram, I noted that I seemed to have an thing for chandeliers. Little did I know that I would find that I had a ridiculous number of chandelier pictures.

I loved them all: the golden ones, the crystal ones, the large ones, the small ones, the ornate ones, and even the so-simple-they-look-modern ones. My love for them is so vast that I felt a tinge of excitement when I saw a picture of painting and immediately recognized the chandelier. Is that Mozart being presented to Mme De Pompadour? Who cares! I have a picture of those chandeliers!

A screen cap of “The Presentation of the Young Mozart to Mme De Pompadour at Versailles in 1763” by Vicente De Paredes
The same chandelier from below (maybe not the exact same one, but the same style and building). Isn’t it pretty!

Truth be told, half of the “pretty hall” photos I took were really “look at the chandeliers” photos.

Halls, except I mostly just care about the chandeliers. These pictures are from Fontainebleau, Versailles, and Versailles.
In Notre Dame

I just love them. I love the details and I love seeing how people updated them to use electricity (some add wired-in sockets for mini light bulbs, some add faux candle sticks, and some leave them as they are). The ones covered in crystal or ornate sculpted pieces (animals, cherubs, foliage, etc.) are my favourites, but I also really love the ones that are surprisingly simple.

I don’t know why I love them so much. It’s not like there weren’t a million other things to fall in love with: tapestries, painted ceilings, hand painted walls, velvet curtains, detailed flooring, etc. But, I guess we all have our oddities.

Here are some of my favourite chandelier pictures from my trip.

The chadeliers are almost boring compared to the rest of the room, but I love the panted details on the baubles
Sainte Chapelle
The chandeliers! I became a little obsessed with chandeliers, despite the fact that I wouldn't bother with one in my own home
At Chateau Fontainebleau
At the Hotel de Ville (city hall)
Floral chadeliers
These pretty floral ones are so lovely
Versailles (the same hall seen above, but focusing on the windows instead of the sculptures)
Versailles, in the famous Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors)
Versailles chandelier
It’s possible that this variation is the chandelier in the painting. I would love to see it light with candles at night.
Versailles. I think at Grand Trianon, but we also visited Petit Trianon
Versailles. Again, I think at Grand Trianon, but maybe Petit Trianon
Of course, there had to be one fancy schmancy room in M'O
Salle des Fêtes is the Musée d’Orsay, which is the former ballroom of the Hôtel d’Orsay

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