Monday, May 16, 2011

Antique French Beaded Chandelier

I love beaded chandeliers.
This is an antique beaded french dome chandelier with flower swags.
This is not the typical chandelier with dangling crystals
Tiny beads form a basket shape 
and then crystals are attached in each space.
Bronze flower swags decorate the basket.
I love this style of chandelier but at $655 its out of my price range.
I found this beauty  while poking around  Etsy at this shop.
It is fun to look at the gorgeous chandeliers on Etsy
 and dream of hanging one up in my living room.
This is an older picture of my living room because I usually try 
to take pictures without showing the ceiling fixture.
I have been looking around for an antique fixture for awhile.
Look at these!
A pair of beautiful beaded sconces.
These are for sale by the same vendor on Etsy here for $875.
These have both rectangular prisms and round prisms.
Also decorated with floral swags.
Here is another beautiful antique beaded basket style chandy.
Also on Etsy by another vendor for $450.
I love all of these, but not their prices.
Then I found this~
an antique french beaded basket chandelier.
It looks a lot like the first chandelier, 
but instead of flush mount it is a dropped fixture. 
It has antique gold beading instead of clear beading.
And the price was just $100!
Not $655 or $450~
One hundred dollars for an antique french beaded chandelier.
SOLD to Amy of Maison Decor!!!!
Yup, this is going to be hanging in my home shortly!
I think it will look great hanging over my table with the gold edges.
The antique gold fixture will look right with the curtain rods too.
Compare the details of the first chandy ($655) to this one.
Looks like it has the identical bronze floral swags and carvings.
Then look what I found on the internet.
This is almost identical to mine. 
What difference in price, though.
It is listed as a french antique reproduction
 and sells for $615 at this shop.
Closeups show the carved detail are less pronounced 
than an original fixture would have.
Still it is exciting to see what treasures you can find if you hunt!
I learned a tip: you can often get a better deal 
 when pictures of items are not that great.
 A lot of buyers pass over poorly photographed things.
You never know when you might find a great deal..
keep looking, and stop at those bad pictures first!
I am glad I did.

And after I finished shopping, I decided to open my own 
Etsy shop and sell things I own but no longer want to keep.
I'll be adding to the store as time permits...
it was pretty easy and fun to open the shop.
I'll post on that later~
but you can see how it looks so far 
by checking the link at the top of my blog


  1. I was working on a light sort of similar to this today. But like a cheapo version. I'll post tomorrow. Congrats on the new store again great minds think alike. That light fixture is gorgeous! This was my little secret about Ebay too. I bought my living room chandelier at about 1/6 of what it should have been because there was only one dim photo with the chandelier not lit. The description said it was in perfect condition and worked with new wiring. So I bid and I was the only one. I got it for $600 when I've seen similar ones go for $3,000 to $4,000.

    Photos make all the difference. Congrats on your store and your new chandi!

  2. Great buy, Amy! This is going to look just lovely in your living room. I saw some really wonderful chandeliers when I went to our local Restore. If I had been in the market for a fixture I would definitely have picked one up. They ranged from $50.00 to $100.00, but I'm sure would have been more elsewhere.

  3. Awesome purchase !! Those chandies are gorgeous ... I can only imagine how beautiful they are, glowing at night or when the sun hits them. You scored big time ... look forward to seeing it in your space !!

  4. HOLY "MOOOLA" BATMAN! I visited that Etsy and the only thing I could afford was a sign for $34! Beautiful antiques but no way can I do that! 8>)

  5. It's fabulous....your blog is so filled with beauty!! visiting....I bought a new dome crystal fixture for our beach house...I'll have it posted this summer...I loved the old look of it even thought it was new...paid $100 but looks like sooooo much more....xo, Mariaelena

  6. Beautiful post - those chands are amazing - THANKS X

  7. You did good! It is beautiful and will look amazing in your home, can't wait to see it!

  8. Gorgeous.....even your living room!!! Ciao Flavia

  9. Yay!! I'll definitely be shopping your Etsy soon!!

  10. Congrats! Great find! Great price! Lovely pics!

  11. Amy that chandelier is gorgeous and what a great find!!

    It is going to look awesome in that beautiful room.

    bee blessed

  12. That is going to look awesome in your living room! What a great buy and congrats on opening your Etsy shop!

  13. They are so pretty and what a good deal you got. I will have to go to etsy and check things out.

  14. Oh so pretty Amy! Can't wait to see it up. I'm opening a shop of some sort (online) soon too. Have to get my health in order first, but hopefully sometime this summer I'll be feeling up to it :)


  15. Great work in seeking out such a bargain! It's lovely and will look great in your gorgeous living room which is making me drool!

  16. Good for you for persevering! It's beautiful! Congratulations on your Etsy shop, too. I've added it to my favorites.

  17. Oh, when it's meant to be, it comes easily, just in the range we can spend! I've been lucky this way too, I wanted things before that I couldn't affort and was sad... and than later I see something very similar that makes me just as happy, and just as affordable! This chandalier you got sweet girl, it's stunning, can't wait to see it on your beautiful living room. I'm also at MM, BNOTP.
    Have a great week.

  18. Great looking piece- I can't wait to see it hanging! never know what you will find! Hugs- Diana

  19. This is gorgeous Amy! great find & it is going to look lovely in your living room!!! xoxo, tracie

  20. NO WAY! That thing is BEAUTIFUL! Holy Cow! I can't wait to see it up... THAT is a find!


  21. Woo Hoo! It's going to be perfect! Congrats on your new Etsy shop. It looks great!

  22. OMG you lucky girl!!!!! That is one gorgeous light fixture!

  23. GET OUT! I love that light so much I can't stand it! I am so happy for you!
    Have a pretty day!

  24. That is gorgeous Amy! Very unique and lovely! It will look great in your living room! Stop by and see my $20 chandy find from last weekend.~Hugs, Patti

  25. I'm nuts about antique lighting and those antique chandeliers with the swags are very hard to find. Glad to see you found a lovely one at a very reasonable price. Yeah you! ~Stacy~

  26. Ooo la la, I would say you were wise to make "le purchase". It will be gorgeous in your home!

  27. My friend has a French Chandelier that she needs to sell. I have taken pictures for her but I haven't shown them around yet. May I email you some pictures? Thanks, Katharine

  28. I am drooling!!!!!!!! Wow these are bookmarking and coming back to drool some more then going to the shop and look at them seriously...because I am in love. Heading out for a 9am appt. but so happy I saw this gorgeous post, what a beautiful way to start my day! Thanks Amy!!

  29. Wow, good for you....searching out what you wanted and then getting it for a great price. Best of luck with your Etsy shop!

  30. Congratulations on your new Etsy shop Amy! It looks great ... I wish you much success ;)
    P.S. Can't wait to see the new chandelier hanging in your lovely living room!

  31. Amy shoots, she SCORES!!! Congrats, they happen rarely but when bargains's bliss!

    C’est tres jolie!
    Thanks so very much for your kind comments!

  32. You stole that!! I am obviously going backwards reading your post:)

  33. I guess I need to get you to send me another invoice, so I can now share in joy of this beautiful chandelier! I love having the story to know it's history! That makes the hunt for treasures that much better!!!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage


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