Made in the mid–1800s, this morning glory chandelier recalls floral chandeliers made with porcelain or painted tin blossoms that were fashionable in French-style chateaux in the 1700s. Since the morning glory flower blooms and dies within a single day, it came to symbolize love, affection, or mortality in the Victorian era.
A drawing of a chandelier covered in morning glory vines from about 1850 remains in the company archives off venerable Vienna chandelier company J. & L. Lobmeyr. The design was probably created in preparation for Lobmeyr’s display in the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851—the first World’s Fair. Queen Victoria purchased a large chandelier of this type at the fair for her Osborne House, her new summer retreat on the Isle of Wright, and consequently such charming chandeliers became exceedingly popular.