This beautiful brown patina bronze chandelier features many curves, counter-curves, and fine lines, with a decor of blossoming cherry tree branches. Among these branches, the flying dragon is opening its mouth.
This work of art from the second half of the 19th century belongs to “ Japonism ” , an artistic movement derived from the influence of Japanese art on Western art during this time period. Painters such as Manet, Degas, Gauguin, and Mary Cassatt were inspired by this movement, as well as architects, and art object creators. As of 1851, the World Fairs contributed to the spread of Japonism in the Western world. This style led to some very colorful works of art and decorations of flowers, birds, or dragons, like this unique chandelier.