JAIC 1998, Volume 37, Number 2, Article 1 (pp. 149 to 172)
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JAIC 1998, Volume 37, Number 2, Article 1 (pp. 149 to 172)

THE CARE AND CONSERVATION OF GLASS CHANDELIERS

JULIE A. REILLY, & MARTIN MORTIMER



8 PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION

The most fundamental factor in preventive conservation for chandeliers is proper installation. As discussed earlier, the right weight and type of chain must be used with an appropriate ceiling hook. The chandelier must be level and must make use of washers and bushings to safely distribute the weight of the stem-pieces on the support rod. Thought must be given to how the chandelier will be accessed for routine maintenance and cleaning. If real wax candles are to be used, the safety of routine maintenance practices will become critical to the long-term condition of the object. If the chandelier is electrified it should be examined regularly for its electrical safety.

It is important to document the chandelier properly with written notes, sketches, and record photography. Any extra parts or parts that were not replaced on the chandelier during installation must be kept clearly labeled in a location where they will not be discarded, lost, or confused with any other parts or objects. Chandeliers may have associated chain covers of fabric or other passementerie that should also be retained for future reference or replication, if not suitable for installation.


Copyright 1998 American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works