How is everyone? 0
We hope everyone is staying healthy! Here in Eden NC, we are all doing okay... working away to get you your beautiful lights or the parts you need. We've added more of our antique parts to the site and are hoping to add more this weekend, so stay tuned!
A past customer sent us a lovely photo this week of a chandelier that they received as a wedding gift in 1978. It is one of my favorites - The Small Tryon.
Mr. King created this chandelier in the 1940s and named it for the Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. (When the world returns to normal, fans of Diana Gabaldon should take their Outlander tour.)
Unfortunately, the beautiful German wood-polished almonds that characterized the Tryon of all sizes are no longer available so we have removed the Tryon from our line of chandeliers. However, a variation of it is available in the Bedford:
We can duplicate the structure of the Tryon for anyone interested in a Georgian style chandelier. We have many alternative crystals for trimming.
As always, feel free to contact us for any custom chandelier creations!
Our Whitaker Series 0
We are quite known for our Gas-light Reproduction collection of chandeliers and sconces, and one of our most popular is the Whitaker collection.
The first in the series of Whitaker chandeliers was created by Mr. King in the 1980's during the boom of popularity of Victorian homes. He wanted something in our line of reproduction chandeliers that wasn't quite so ornate but yet still evoked the sense of grandeur that the Victorian age epitomized.
The old Whitaker 6 differs a tiny bit from the new (graduated crystal instead of baguettes stretching to the top).
As the chandelier grew popular, Mr. King introduced new version, including this lovely 4 armed version with solid brass cast eagles adorning the band.
The eagles, though no longer included on the design, are still available to use on any of the Whitakers, and we welcome your inquiry.
Although the collection was designed in the spirit of Victoriana, it looks beautiful in modern rooms with a warm decor - paneling, dark or rich colors... and just about anywhere!
If you find that the Whitaker chandeliers are the perfect choice for your home, consider a set of scones to flank your favorite painting, mirror or piece of furniture.
2020 is HERE! 0
One of the great things about Social Media is that you see so many fun photos, and this New Year was no exception. I counted no less than 5 Roaring 20's parties involving the grown children of friends. I thought, well, this must be a thing now (like 1950's and 60's parties were when I was young). It was only when a co-worker pointed out the connection, did I get it. Yeah, sometimes I am dense.
How will the 1920's influence the 2020's? Hopefully, lots of sparkles, feathers, and fringe. Glorious colors and patterns -- maybe even velvet! It is exciting to anticipate.
We will be ready with our 1920's inspired chandeliers!
Our collection of tier model chandeliers is led by the Zelda. The name and the design were inspired by that golden age.
When King's chandelier started advertising our product nationally, it was the precursor of the Zelda chandelier that we marketed. $35 plus shipping and handling... the good old days.
If you want to start the 2020's in style, check out all of our tier models and choose one for your home.
Get to Know Our 8+4 Crystal Chandelier Series 0
One of our most popular chandeliers is the 8+4 Medium with Swarovski trimmings. Equally beautifully whether trimmed in Swarovski Strass or Swarovski Spectra, it looks lovely in just about any setting.
It is ideal for what we call a "medium sized" dining room - a room that is 12' x 15' or 13' x 14'. However, this is a very full chandelier with abundant trimmings, so it looks a bit larger than its 26" diameter and can enhance even a larger space, including a foyer.
In an 8' ceiling, using 1' of chain, this chandelier will hang about 29" off the table which is a tiny bit closer than our guidelines indicate, but no one will be the wiser! (One link of chain really looks like more because there will be a screw loop protruding from the canopy. Don't be afraid of one link!)
In the photo above, you can see how well it works in an uncomplicated space. It also fits a more decorative space.
All of our Swarovski trimmed sconces are a perfect fit for this chandelier.
The History of the Baron Chandelier 0
We have great pride in our original designs, but we also find joy in creating reproductions. There is something satisfying about being able to recreate things of beauty from our past.
Over the many, many years we have been building crystal chandeliers, we have been called upon to work on any reproduction projects. One of our favorites was for Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
The building itself is impressive! Originally built in 1888 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel, it has been through a few variations and purposes over the years, but is now, most spectacularly, the Lightner Museum. (You can read more about the building at visitstaug.com and at https://lightnermuseum.org/history.)
Also in 1888, Mr. Flagler built the Ponce de Leon Hotel, across the street from the Alcazar Hotel. The Ponce de Leon Hotel is currently the heart of Flagler College and home of these beauties, the inspiration for our Baron chandelier:
Compare the instagram capture above to this great old photo:
And the history in this photo!
In the early 1990's we were approached by Lightner Museum about reproducing these chandeliers for the current phase of their amazing restoration journey.
With a few little changes and the blessing of all involved, we decided to keep the chandelier in our line of crystal reproductions and named it, fittingly, the Baron. It remains one of my favorite chandeliers.
If you haven't visited The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, you are really missing out on a fascinating collection of artwork and antiques. You will find updated exhibits along with learning experiences and an awesome staff of knowledgeable volunteers. Tell them the folks at King's Chandelier sent you!
Featuring: Our Belladonna Chandelier 0
Named such because we just love the name. Not for any nefarious reasons, of course!
The main purpose of the structure of this beauty is too support the crystal bells - the stars of the show. There are no pendants on the top of this chandelier and nothing hanging on the bottom, other than the lovely crystal bell. The arms are the plainer, ribbed pattern which complements the bells. The prisms are slightly more narrow than a traditional u-drop and are generally referred to as a French u-drop - they are not too sparkly so as not to take away from the bells.
At 26" wide - the Belladonna is great for a medium sized room.
The 27" length is a bit too long to use in an 9' ceiling and still walk under it, but you could easily hang it in a living room or bedroom with a 10' ceiling. And, of course, it is perfect for a dining room with an 8' or 9' ceiling.
The lovely Belladonna chandelier works perfectly with transitional decor - a little bit of classic crystal, traditional components, and a slightly fanciful demeanor. Fun without being silly.
- Nancy Daniel
- Tags: Featured Chandelier