The crystal chandeliers found in the staterooms were crafted of Bohemian crystal at the end of the 18th century. There are no specific records regarding their origin due to the burning of the palazzo archive during WWII.
Two chandeliers are located in the grand hall, called either Sala Napoleonica or Sala Bonaparte and originally used as a dance and concert hall. Today it hosts private events and fashion shows. Another pair are found in the smaller Sala Gian Galeazzo, having the same design in smaller scale. The four chandeliers are composed of forty various components that have more than 1,000 elements.
The renovation required a combination of three glassmaking techniques. These included the production and replacement of hand-cut crystal trimmings, hand-blown and cut components, as well as smelted and cut arms. Yet the overall aim was to sustain as many original components as possible, despite such traces of age as scratches or minor damage.
Restorations must always be done with sensitivity and in a manner that preserves their original character. In case of Palazzo Serbelloni, the original crystalcomponents of the chandeliers were dismantled and shipped back to the Czech Republic, where they were probably first made in the late 1700’s, completing a historic and creative full-circle.
“I have always believed in binomial Light = Life, in all its meanings. This project combines the idea of giving these magnificent eighteenth-century chandelierstheir light and shine back, and that of giving a new life to the essence of the famous “Sale Napoleoniche” of the historical Palazzo Serbelloni…”Let there be light!” was never so right!,” says Marta Polese, Restorer.