Brass chandeliers are sometimes called Dutch or Flemish chandeliers because they originated in what we now call the Netherlands. Brass was a less expensive alternative to the gilt bronze ormolu of French chandeliers. The brass chandelier typically has a central stem or baluster with a ball finial at the bottom. Curving and sweeping arms end in simple candlecups and bobeches, the tray below the candlecup. This simple design was also popular in Colonial America of the 18th century. The simple elegance of brass chandeliers works well in traditional rooms with antiques. These chandeliers can be found in banks, hotels and Colonial style homes.
A classic brass chandelier is a great choice for an interior with other gold accents. In this dining space the brass chandelier ties in with the brass candlesticks on the table as well as the gold framed art work and brass pulls on the chest of drawers. Using a single metal tone, like brass or silver, can unify different design elements in a small space.
The traditional form of the brass chandelier can work with both traditional elements, like a side board or buffet, as well as contemporary elements like the dining table in this space. Classic brass chandeliers tend to have simple forms with a bulbous balusters with curving arms. Modern brass chandeliers are more linear, with simple geometric forms and shapes.