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. In addition, the European inspired glass arm chandeliers are accented with crystal elements.

The origins of the 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 Rococo, Baroque or an updated version, they are as relevant today as they were in the 1800’s. To learn more about crystal chandeliers our Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide is very helpful road map.

Lastly, to maintain the beauty, keep the crystal chandelier 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 adapt to traditional as well as modern decor.  I like to consider the crystal chandelier as a neutral. What I mean by that is it can pair with classic wood furniture as well as sleek glass furnishings. Leather; chintz as well abstract patterned textiles blend well too. The important thing to note is that the room decor should be understated. That allows the chandelier to be focal point of the room.  Furthermore, traditional Maria Theresa chandeliers are ideal for formal dining rooms, foyers and master bedroom. 

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. The dainty light fixture is perfect on its own or as a pair over a larger dining table.

Modern Maria Theresa Chandeliers

Another interesting design with a modern twist is the faceted crystal ball trimming. The combination of crystal swags; glass arms and silver candle covers pair with the crystal balls.  The chandelier still remains true to the Maria Theresa style.

Another spin on the Maria Theresa glass arm chandelier is trimming the light fixture with 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.

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.

Let’s look at the Dynasty Collection for another example of crystal arm chandeliers.  The elegant scroll work 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 instance, we have gone with the Dynasty 8 light version. The open concept dining room and family is understated. The simplicity of the warm wood makes the chandelier the star.  In the family room, we used the single light candle wall sconce with the rams head scroll to tie everything 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 the versatility.  By adding a drum shade you can create an entirely different look. With our Sheer Magic System, the shade adaptor allows you to easily add a shimmery sheer drum shade to Glow’s Maria Theresa dining room chandeliers. 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

When you ask What Are Maria Theresa Chandeliers?  The answer is they are crystal arm chandeliers with  style.

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