If you’re looking for a chandelier that was made to last, the Brass Leaves is likely it! There’s a lot to like about this piece: it’s solid brass; rarely would someone invest the time and materials in making a light like this today. It has a wonderful leaf motif that is seen throughout: in its upper finial; in the top and bottom of the arms that support the main base; and in each support that holds the sockets. A fleur de lis pattern is featured in the banding surrounding the center of the chandelier and in the tassel under each of the five, 4-inch-tall candelabra sockets. Bear in mind that each socket will only accommodate a maximum 75-watt bulb. Time has mellowed the surface of the Brass Leaves to a tawny glow. The ceiling cap and chain are new.
Now the thing that’s not so wonderful. Only two of the arms holding the sockets are perfectly upright! Two of the arms tip slightly outward, and one is cast slightly inward. We believe these are just natural quirks of the light and not caused by any overt damage. It’s just the way this piece was made. (As someone once said to me about some stained beading on a light, “Love it or leave it. Simple as that.”) Since a chandelier typically hangs above people’s heads, these imperfections should not be that noticeable.
The light is 19 inches wide and has a drop of about 32 inches, and despite its oddball arms, the Brass Leaves is in really great shape.