Vintage Tole Chandeliers



2015-06-26 10:34:11

Vintage Tole Chandeliers are a style of chandelier made from hand-painted metal.

Brief history and description

Tole items were originally considered folk art, and are now considered to be incredibly fashionable and high-quality items among collectors.

Authentic vintage tole chandeliers typically feature some sort of naturistic design, such as snowflakes, flowers, butterflies, raindrops, birds, flower petals, and much more.

Guide for collectors

French-style tole chandeliers are considered to be more rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.

Restoration of a vintage tole chandelier is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a vintage tole chandelier may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage tole chandeliers, visit Ruby Lane or the Chandeliers Depot.


Rose Hill Auction Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey sold a vintage tole chandelier with a painted floral motif (17" in height, 15" in diameter) for $400 in December of 2005.

Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers in Houston, Texas sold a vintage French tole chandeliers with a floral, leaf and butterfly motif (19" x 19.5" x 19.5") for $175 in February of 2012.

Vintage Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut sold a pair of gilt iron tole chandeliers with porcelain flowers (21" in height) for $325 in September of 2010.

K&M Auction Liquidation Sales, Ltd. in West Palm Beach, Florida sold a vintage three-light tole chandelier (14" wide) for $45 in August of 2011.

Auctions Neapolitan in Naples, Florida sold:

  • A vintage tole chandelier with a green and white floral motif (18.75" x 24.75") for $100 in August of 2008.
  • A "Shabby Chic" tole chandelier with multi-colour porcelain flowers and glass prisms for $65 in December of 2008.

Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers in Houston, Texas sold a vintage six-light French tole chandelier with a floral and leaf motif (19" x 19.5" x 19.5" inches) for $75 in February of 2012.

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