So on a list of the world’s seven largest chandeliers, only two have been made during this century…or for that matter the last two centuries.
The largest was built in 2008 and took two years to complete from start to finish. It resides in Qatar and was built for Mr. Al Hitmi of Ali bin Khalistan Al Hitmi and Co. property firm. “Reflective Flow” weights almost 40,000 lbs and measures 19 feet high, 41 feet in width, and 126 feet long. Scottish engineering at its finest.
Ranking 7th largest in the world is the chandelier that resides in the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. The “Duchess” took two years to be completed and cost $1,500,000 when commissioned in 1920. Bear in mind that most homes could be purchased then for $5000-$10,000. After calculating the cost in 2013, the “Duchess” would cost upwards of $16,999,115.
My personal favourite of the greats is #5. Built in the late 1800s this beauty resides at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It weighs 4.5 tons, contains 750 lamps, and is made of Bohemian crystal. Queen Victoria commissioned and gave, as a gift, this magnificent bohemian chandelier to the Ottoman Empire. The palace also houses the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat chandeliers. Interestingly enough, even the staircases in the palace are made of Baccarat crystal…can you imagine?
Chandeliers have long been a symbol of opulence and wealth long before the invention of the incandescent light bulb was able to add to their grandeur. They are the focal point of a room, drawing your eye with their crystal, softly curving arms and scrolls, and beauty. No home is complete without one whether they be streamlined and modern, ornate and vintage, or black and statement making. So what would you choose?