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Let There Be Light
~ Excerpted from California Homes, November/December, 2004. By Joyce MacRae. Photographs by Karyn Millet.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century was the apex for exquisitely ornate glass chandeliers, made througout Europe (Sweden, Russia, France, England, Germany) for houses of great wealth and great scale. They cascaded with multiple tiers of shimmering glass or crystal beads, festoons or crystal ropes and sensuous drops, shaped like elongated raindrops or faceted like huge diamond pendants. The results of all this light-reflecting glass must have been quite magical and ethereal.

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