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Lightolier (USA)
Lightolier (USA)

Founded in 1904 in New York and family-operated through most of its history, Lightolier was one of the pioneering American electric lighting companies, best known for its embrace of stylistic and technical innovations. Collectors focus on lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the Seventies, when an in-house design team led by Gerald Thurston—and a stellar cast of international design contributors—created an array of practical yet aesthetically lively table and floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers.

     Amidst the post-World War II building boom, Lightolier—the name combines “light” and “chandelier”—aggressively boosted its residential lighting division. Thurston, who was strongly influenced by the sleek designs of Gino Sarfatti and his Italian lighting firm Arteluce, towards simpler lamp designs that offered flexibility of function. His best-known designs include the “Cricket” task light—a lamp with an adjustable enameled metal hood that toggles on a slender bent-metal base—and the three-legged “Tripod” table and floor lamps. At the same time, Thurston had a wonderful eye for talent and sought work from some of the lesser-known greats of the era, such as Paavo Tynell, the Finnish lighting designer, who designed several brass chandeliers for Lightolier with his trademark elegant flamboyance.

     And more, Thurston recognized abilities in designers not known for their work in lighting. Edward Wormley, head of furniture design for Dunbar, produced several noteworthy chandeliers employing canisters and reflective hoods. Alvin Lustig was famed as a graphic designer. His ca. 1953 “Ring” ceiling fixture for Lightolier had a minimalist techno look some 30 years ahead of its time. But this was par. Designed by Michael Lax in 1964, the “Lytegem” high-intensity lamp—included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art—features a ball-shaped shade attached with a chromed armature to a cubic base, a form that would be widely copied in the following decade. Chandeliers designed in the early Seventies by Gaetano Sciolari, with details such as acrylic diffusers and vertical, two-bulb arms, would define the look of lighting in their day. A look through these pages reveals just how astonishingly wide a range of lighting pieces Lightolier produced. The company never flicked off its stylistic switch.

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Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Etched Glass and Brass Sconces
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of brass double hurricane sconces by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Each solid brass sconce has a double hurricane shade, with the inner shade being a milk glass cup, and the o...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Cut-Crystal Five-Arm Chandelier, circa 1940s
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful early example of the craftsmanship of the American lighting pioneer, Lightolier. Five glass arms meet at the bottom the tri-tiered cut-glass centre column. Brass cups und...
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obelisk Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Triple Gourd-Form Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Lightolier White Cased Glass Bell Form Pendant Light by Glashütte Limburg
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier cased glass pendant light with single cord suspension and three black metal stud fitters. 1970s import made by the stellar German firm Glashütte Limburg. Overall drop ...
Category

1970s German Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Lightolier Elegant Modern Brass Tripod Base Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple and elegant brass tripod based table lamp by Lightolier. White porcelain dual sockets with white metal disc housing. Sold with drum shade and pierced top diffuser. From the pe...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Enamel, Metal

Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant black lacquer sixteen-light chandelier by Lightolier. The design is often attributed to Tommi Parzinger. The chandelier is comprised of eight spokes radiating out from the ce...
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Pair of Lightolier Brass and Walnut Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Milk Glass, Walnut

Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight-Light Modernist Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist chandelier in spun aluminum and steel with eight arms and glass globes. Vented bobeches hold the glass globes in place over spun aluminum tube socket covers. Possibly an ea...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Pair of Lightolier Neoclassical Brass and Darkest Green Urn Form Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome, Glass, Brass

Lightolier Heathered Taupe and Striped Pottery Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist urn form table lamp with a heathered glaze pottery body, footed wood base and brass spacer. Brass stem with a three socket up light mechanism that was a Lightolier hallmark...
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

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Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Triple Gourd-Form Table Lamp
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Pair of Vintage Lightolier Alabaster & Brass Deco Revival Sconces
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Pair Carl Fagerlund For Orrefors Glass & Brass Sconces
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Extraordinary Pair of Lucite, Brass and Glass Wall Sconces
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Pair of Lightolier Brass and Walnut Table Lamps
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Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
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Pair of Venini Bent Crystal and Brass Sconces
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Located in Chicago, IL
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Materials

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Pair of Murano Glass Maple Leaf Wall Sconces
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Materials

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Pair of Lightolier Neoclassical Brass and Darkest Green Urn Form Table Lamps
By Lightolier
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Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

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Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obelisk Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

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Materials

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Art Deco Style Brass & Frosted Glass Slip Shade Sconces
Located in Chicago, IL
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Pair of Black Enamel Pierced Diamond Sconces with Internal Milk Glass Shades
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s French Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Enamel, Milk Glass

Previously Available Items
Large Lightolier Hand Blown Striped Glass Globe Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Exquisite Lightolier large pendant light. Hand blown Murano glass globe with clear, white and pink glass swirled striping. Conical internal milk glass diffuser with brass stem and ca...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Pair of Tommi Parzinger Silver Plated Lamps for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed by Tommi Parzinger for Lightolier, these table lamps have an elegant urn form atop a bevelled plinth. Completely restored, with new silver plating and wiring, they include t...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Pair Lightolier "Birdcage" Brass & Aluminum Floor Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of incomparable ten light Lightolier floor lamps. Brass tubes that cascade from a center hour glass shaped finial, disc and conical down light. Nine milk glass shades are held i...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Lightolier 1950s Five-Light Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Very well designed chandelier of curvaceous brass rod and two-part etched and milk glass shades. Most likely by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Five two part shades consist of a milk...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Round Glass Rod and Nickel Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful "wedding cake" glass rod and chrome disc chandelier, imported by Lightolier. Chandelier is comprised of a pierced nickel-plated disc and glass rod circles. Six-candelabra b...
Category

1970s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel, Nickel

Lightolier Postmodern Five-Light Brass and Glass Rod Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning circa 1970s chandelier from Lightolier. Flush mounted post modern rectilinear brass shapes are both ceiling canopy and holders of the very long glass rods. A neat, clean and...
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1970s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

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Lightolier Glass Rod & Brass Fountain Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Striking glass rod and brass chandelier by Lightolier, evoking the pendulous branches of a weeping willow. Each of the eleven arms arcs upward, then down. The glass rod crystals come...
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Materials

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Pair Lightolier Brass & Walnut Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Lightolier turned solid walnut and brass table lamps. With brass stems, white lacquered metal cups and cast opaque and white glass diffusers. Reportedly a rare and early Ger...
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Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston Lightolier Pierced Brass Six-Light Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Chicago, IL
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier six light chandelier with bent brass rods, brass ring and pierced brass cups with convex frosted glass inserts. 360 watts of illumination.
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Large Spanish Revival Wrought Iron Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Lightolier Spanish Revival twelve light black wrought iron chandelier. Large pierced and hammered ring with scrolled arms and notched bobeches. Six heavy round and oval link sta...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Wrought Iron

Lightolier Three-Tier Pierced Porcelain Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Lightolier three tiered white porcelain table lamp. Three graduated and pierced porcelain bowls with center stems, brass spacers and footed porcelain base. Fluted brass bobeche ...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier

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Lightolier Italian Silver Six Arm Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Splendid silver plated six arm regency chandelier from Lightolier. Certain characteristics evoke some of Tommi Parzinger's design elements. Made in Italy.
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