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Orrefors Chandelier by Lyfa/Orrefors, 1950s, Large Crystal & Brass Ceiling Light

US$1,504.09Asking Price

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Orrefors chandelier by Lyfa/Orrefors in the late 1950s, most likely designed by Carl Fagerlund, who is famous, and celebrated, for his amazing crystal lights - Scandinavian midcentury crystal glass and brass ceiling flush light in very good vintage condition. A beautiful large crystal chandelier, comprised of a large crystal glass bowl with a thick heavy crystal glass bowl inside, stabilized and held in placed by a polished brass stem, covered with a clear crystal piece and a polished brass knob underneath the large outer crystal bowl. The brass stem acts as the center of the fixture, as it holds 3 bulb sockets, while also piercing and securing the two crystal glass bowls. The hole in each of the crystal bowls (where the stem pierces them) is protected by polished brass plates on each side of the crystal bowl. The larger outer crystal bowl is decorated with a checkered pattern of frosted and clear lines, and features a curvy rim, while the thick inner crystal bowl is decorated with an embossed wavy pattern of amber and clear lines, and a wavy rim. The inner crystal bowl scatters the light, and ensures a warm ambiance, while the outer crystal bowl provides a soft illumination with plenty of upward directed light, but also plenty of light downwards and towards the sides. With its good lighting qualities and very stylish expression, it would be a perfect piece for a high ceiling hall way or perhaps for a large mid century dining table - no matter where you place this Orrefors chandelier, it would make quite an impression with its stunning beauty. An attractive 1950s piece that you do not stumble upon every day. Condition: Very good vintage condition with very few signs of usage and age - only thing keeping from classifying this piece as excellent, is a chip on the inside of the rim on the large outer crystal bowl (not noticeable at all when hung, only seen when you change the bulbs) - otherwise very few signs of usage and age. All brass parts have been polished. Please see the photos! All original including original wiring, brass stem and brass canopy, which makes the total hanging height 63 cm (24.8"). Fitted with safety clamps for easy connection to existing wiring. Tested and fully functional. Polished, cleaned, labeled and packed in protective bag. Light source: Three bulbs, Edison screw-fittings (E27/E26) Max 40 Watt.

Details

  • Creator
    Orrefors (Manufacturer),Lyfa (Manufacturer)
  • Attributed to
    Carl Fagerlund (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.81 in. (63 cm)Diameter: 20.48 in. (52 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Crystal,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. very few signs of usage and age - only thing keeping from classifying this piece as excellent, is a chip on the inside of the rim on the large outer crystal bowl (not noticeable at all when hung, only seen when you change the bulbs). Check the photos.
  • Seller Location
    Frederiksberg, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #166531stDibs: LU2093310185611

About the Manufacturer

Orrefors

The Swedish design philosophy of “beautiful things for everyday life” is actualized in the vintage glassware of Orrefors. Founded in 1898, this glass manufacturer was one of the leading companies in the Scandinavian modernism movement and is revered by collectors for the fine craftsmanship and innovation of its superlative art glass.

Orrefors began making art glass — works that, distinct from mass-production pieces, are made in small numbers to showcase the skills and talents of artists and artisans — in 1913. Two of the first artists hired by the firm were Simon Gate and Edward Hald, who worked initially in the organic Art Nouveau style, and later proved adept with the geometric imagery of the Art Deco period.

Hald and Gate worked closely with glassblowers to refine traditional glassmaking methods, creating new materials such as "graal" glass. In the graal technique a design made with colored glass is encased in layers of transparent glass, preserving the image while the overall glass form is worked and shaped. Orrefors won an international following when it presented such pieces in Paris in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair whose name gave rise to the term Art Deco.

In the years following that success, Orrefors attracted more dynamic and experimental artists such as Vicke Lindstrand and Edvin Ohrström, who joined the company in the 1930s. Lindstrand and Ohstrom worked with glassblowers to create the "ariel" glass technique, an innovation that produces deeper, richer imagery that seems to morph and flow as light is refracted by the glass.

As you will see from the items offered on 1stDibs, there is a special aesthetic quality to vintage Orrefors glass. Whether a vase or a set of wine goblets, the work of this premier Swedish company represents the apex of functional artistry.

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