Lustres – A History

Lustres are merely an elaborate candle stick – usually of glass but sometimes of ormolu or china dressed with glass droplets – and they take their name from the large droplets that hang from their rims. There are hundreds of styles of lustres and they are a virtually inexhaustible source of pleasure for the collector or enthusiast. You can buy lustres (the candlesticks with the droplets) for very reasonable prices, supposing of course, you don’t mind the odd nibble, flea bite or putting a little work into your new purchase to bring it up to scratch. 

As with all antiques, you get what you pay for and with early examples, you will have to pay more but lustres are an easy addiction and one will invariably lead to another as a world of styles, colours and makers opens up to you.