What are Maria Theresa Chandeliers?

What are Maria Theresa chandeliers?  Maria Theresa chandeliers are a specific style of crystal chandeliers. They are elaborate crystal arm chandeliers.  Additionally, these European inspired glass arm chandeliers are accented with crystal elements.

Keep in mind that Maria Theresa chandeliers started in Austria in the court of Marie Antoinette’s mother Maria Theresa. The glass arm designs are ornate Baroque style or the lighter and airier Rococo style. Regardless, if they are classic or modern , the  Maria Theresa chandelier is just as important today. To learn more about crystal chandeliers our Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide is very helpful.

Last but not least, it’s important to keep your crystal chandelier sparkling clean.  We offer easy tips in the blog How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier.

Traditional Maria Theresa Crystal Arm Chandeliers

The exciting thing about the crystal arm chandeliers is how they work with traditional as well as modern decor.  I like to consider the crystal chandelier as a neutral element. What I mean by that is it can pair with classic wood furniture as well as sleek glass furnishings. Leather as well abstract patterned fabrics are perfect with glass arm light fixtures.  The important thing to note is that the room decor should be understated. That allows the chandelier to be focal point of the room.  Please note that traditional Maria Theresa chandeliers are ideal for formal dining rooms, foyers and master bedrooms. 

Modern Maria Theresa Chandeliers

Now, let’s talk about the crystal trim. For example, the most traditional crystal trimming is the classic leaf motif. The prismatic leaf shape elements are paired with the graceful crystal arms. The elegant draping and polished chrome candle sleeves complete the old world style. 

A modern twist is the use of faceted crystal ball trimming. The combination of crystal swags; glass arms and silver candle covers pair with the crystal balls is an updated design feature.   That being said, the chandelier still remains true to the Maria Theresa style.

However, another spin on the Maria Theresa glass arm chandelier is trimming the light fixture with sleek smooth crystals. The half pear and kite trim pattern and beaded draping has a less formal feel. Once again the actual frame  remains true to the Maria Theresa design style.

How does Maria Theresa fit into the 21st century?

What is a Maria Theresa chandelier blog Maria Theresa 561 smooth crystal chandelier in a traditional dining room by Regina Sturrock Designs. Crystal arm chandelier trimmed with smooth crystal half pear and kites.

What is a Maria Theresa chandelier blog Maria Theresa 561 crystal arm smooth crystal half pears and kites chandelier in a traditional dining room by Regina Sturrock Designs.

Regina Sturrock Designs show us precisely how to bring the Maria Theresa design to the 21st century. In her project she chose two 9 light Maria Theresa chandeliers trimmed with modern smooth crystal beaded draping and half pears and kites. With the pairing of the classic frame and smooth crystal trim, a modern day look is achieved. The contrast  of traditional dining room furniture and the contemporary crystal design creates an interesting room setting.  Lastly, these graceful light fixtures are perfect on its own or as a pair over a larger dining table.

Crystal arm chandeliers Dynasty Collection dining room chandelier. Maria Theresa style 8 light crystal chandelier with matching wall sconce in open concept dining room and living room.

Crystal arm chandeliers Dynasty Collection dining room chandelier. Maria Theresa style 8 light crystal chandelier with matching wall sconce.

Another example of crystal arm chandeliers is  the Dynasty Collection.  The elegant crystal ram’s head at the top of the chandelier sets the tone. In addition, the graceful crystal arms are draped with dazzling crystal swags. The dramatic crystal elements on the bottom complete the design. These traditional Maria Theresa chandeliers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a single tier 6 light chandelier up to a large 25 light foyer statement chandelier.  Matching wall sconces complete the collection.

In this room setting, we have gone with the Dynasty 8 light version. The open concept dining room and family room is understated. The simplicity of the warm wood makes the chandelier the star.  Lastly, in the family room, we used the single light candle wall sconce with the scroll work to tie the spaces together.

Adding a Drum Shade

Traditional Maria Theresa Chandeliers Crystal Palace chandelier with drum shade and Clip & Slide attachment

Traditional Maria Theresa Chandeliers Crystal Palace chandelier with drum shade and Clip & Slide attachment

The beauty of the Maria Theresa glass arm chandelier is its versatility.  By adding a drum shade you  create an entirely different look. With the Sheer Magic System, the shade adaptor allows you to easily add a Glow sheer drum shade to the Maria Theresa dining room chandelier.  In this example we have used the 18″ Crystal Palace crystal arm chandelier. For an 18″ diameter chandelier, the 21″ drum shade and the Clip & Slide Shade Attachment is needed. In a snap you have two looks for the price of one.

To Sum Up

In summary, when you ask  the question: “What Are Maria Theresa Chandeliers”?  The answer is they are crystal arm chandeliers with  style and grace.

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