The light fittings production in Steinschoenau
In 1724, Josef Pallme (-Mahl) of Parchen obtained a licence to make chandeliers
Josef Pallme definitely was not the only producer of first-rate chandeliers of that time, but his company established the tradition which has later been developed by other companies too.
chandeliers were extremely popular with the then aristocracy.
illuminate also most
After Josef Pallme’s death, the management of the company was taken over by his brother Christoph who had traded in glass in Holland already since 1732. The company’s heyday dates between 1815 and 1847, when it was managed by Ignaz Pallme.
A glass chandelier of the first half of the 20th century was conceived as
a decorative accessory of luxury private interiors, but - in its more monumental
form - it also illuminated public places. In 1928, Elias Pallme equipped the
Royal Opera Building in Rome with a glass chandelier - the world's largest light
fitting of the time. Bohemian chandeliers were installed also at Milan's La Scala,
Brussels' Theatre de la Bourse, and New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
This is a short summary of the tradition. The Steinschoenau-area companies ranked among the world’s biggest producers of cut-glass chandeliers made of the genuine Bohemian crystal. The company's specialty were also chandeliers made with the use of world-unique and secret overlay enamel and high enamel techniques (see the High Enamel).
(Source: History of Crystal Chandeliers, by Ingrid Solfronk; Members of the different Palme-Mahl families; Lustry Preciosa, Kamenicky Senov; Museum Bellerive, Zurich)