TillbakaChildren of the light


Three medieval iron chandeliers.

Two with a ring-shaped circlet of iron bands in three links. On one of them, tall lilies with aments rise from the circlet, while two-leaved aments hang from the circlet’s lower edge. The chandelier has six octagonal drip pans, each with nozzle and tab. In the middle of the chandelier is a drip pan which originally carried a centre candle. The other chandeliers have six octagonal drip pans and an attachment for a centre candle. This one is somewhat less ornate and has only two-leaved aments dependent from the lower edge of the circlet.



The third chandelier consist of two annular circlets or strip iron, the upper one of which has a larger diameter than the lower one. The upper circlet has six drip pans and two different kinds of pendant aments, one of them dragon-like. The lower circlet, similarly, is decorated with aments and decorated bands. The suspension device, a central iron shaft, differs from those of the earlier chandeliers.


These three medieval iron chandeliers belong to a group of four in Tegelsmora Church. Sweden has a unique collection of decorative medieval wrought iron, more than in any other country, albeit often plainer. Chandeliers like these probably had a simple polychrome décor of solder which gave them an almost silvery touch. The main purpose of such décor was to reflect the light of the wax candles in the chandelier. These chandeliers are very hard to date, because many of their design components were so long-lived. Probably, though, they date from the second heyday of wrought iron work in Sweden, namely the 15th century.