Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 13

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Chandelier P2430 Pendant Fixture Yamagiwa, 1998

$22,720
$28,40020% Off

About

Yamagiwa Frank Lloyd Wright "Taliesin III" chandelier P2430 pendant fixture, cherrywood with geometric motif, "Frank Lloyd Wright FDN 1998 / 00002 / P2430 / Yamagiwa." This is the highly sought after, limited production and extremely rare Yamagiwa production (the only authorized production of this design). Marked #002, signed and in original box. It does not appear to have ever been installed. The design of the table and floor lamp versions of the "Taliesin" series of lights stems from this original design, the large chandelier pendant Taliesin light that Wright designed for the renovation of the original gymnasium of his Hillside home school (1902) into a theater in 1933 (see last images). He designed lighting pendants made up of square boxes and plywood shields to be suspended from the tall ceiling. These fixtures proved to be a lighting innovation, providing comfortable indirect lighting without the use of glass or shades. In 1952, when the theater was rebuilt following a fire, wright modified the design of the original fixtures for use in the dining room, reducing their size and attaching them to the oak beams overhead. He found their soft indirect light so pleasing that he had a standing floor lamp and table lamp version of the same design fabricated for use in his own home, Taliesin III (see separate listing for table lamp version). Wright's design for this light is inspired by both the rootedness and upword movement of trees. Branches grow out from the trunk in alternating directions in the form of solid wood boxes concealing the lights. Wood reflectors act like leaves, filtering and diffusing the light from above and below. Wright's signature red accents became blossoms. Captivating to look at with the lights off, when lit during the day the lamp comes alive like sunlight filtering down through a tree and its branches and leaves. Taliesin III : Located in the Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin near spring green, Taliesin (Welsh for “shining brow") is the name of wright’s 37,000 square foot home as well as the estate that includes buildings from nearly every decade of wright’s career from the 1890s-1950s. In 1976, Taliesin is designated as a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wright initially built Taliesin I (see image 10-11) in 1909 after his return from a year-long European jaunt with his mistress Mamah Borthwich Cheney (the wife of his neighbor and client). They were effectively ostracized from Chicago society (Wright had six children with his wife, Catherine Tobin), so they moved back to Wisconsin and built Taliesin to start their lives anew. On August 15, 1914, a servant at Taliesin went on a murderous rampage, setting fire to the private living quarters of Taliesin and killing seven people, including Cheney and her two children, with an axe (see images 12-13) Wright, who was out of town during the massacre, immediately rebuilt Taliesin, named Taliesin II (see image 14) yet the home completely burned down again in 1925, when faulty wiring sparked. Again, wright rebuilt, and thus the version of Taliesin that exists today is known as Taliesin III (see image 15). The property was the site not only of his own home and studio, which he expanded to make room for many of the new apprentices, but also of the Hillside school, a progressive high school he had designed for two of his aunts. This became the main site for the apprentices’ drafting room, dining room, assembly hall, and dormitory. Today, all of the property is managed by Taliesin Preservation, Inc., and the area of spring green is a lively site that hosts many restaurants, recreational facilities, and the world-renowned American Players Theater, as well as the school of architecture at Taliesin. The main house at Taliesin has 524 windows and is about 21,000 square feet. It was designed without gutters because the architect wanted icicles to form in the winter. “I wanted a home where icicles by invitation might beautify the eaves. So there were no gutters,” writes wright in An Autobiography. “And when the snow piled deep on the roofs and lay drifted in the courts, icicles came to hang staccato from the eaves. Prismatic crystal pendants sometimes six feet long, glittered between the landscape and the eyes inside.” Up until his death, wright was always modifying Taliesin. There are 200 documented changes, from major ones, like the addition of rooms, to minor ones, like painting walls.

Details

  • Creator
    Frank Lloyd Wright (Designer),Yamagiwa (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 65 in. (165.1 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Mission (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1998
  • Condition
    In original Yamagiwa box and oes not appear yo have ever been installed. Removed from box for photos.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190315796682

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: Brooklyn, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Frank Lloyd Wright

Without question the greatest architect the United States has ever produced, Frank Lloyd Wright and his philosophy of “organic architecture” — of buildings that exist in harmony with their natural surroundings — had a profound influence on the shape of modern life. Wright gave us some of the most elegant and iconic structures in America: residences such as “Fallingwater,” in rural Pennsylvania, the Robie House in Chicago, and “Taliesin,” Wright’s own home; and masterful institutional structures that include the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, the Johnson Wax headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Whenever possible, Wright designed the furniture for his projects, to ensure an affinity between a building’s exterior and interior. Wright’s wooden chairs and tables for his “Prairie Houses” of the early 1900s have sleek, attenuated forms, influenced by both the simplicity of traditional Japanese design and the work of Gustav Stickley and other designers of the Arts and Crafts movement. For Taliesin and several residential projects, Wright designed severely geometric chairs that are marvels of reductivist design. He revisited many of these forms in the 1950s in furniture licensed to the firm Henredon, adding a decorative frieze-like element to the edges of tables and stools.

The works on 1stDibs also show how happily Wright embraced new forms and materials. His desks and chairs for Johnson Wax have a streamlined look and use tubular steel to the same effect as designer Warren McArthur, who collaborated with Wright in the interiors of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. For the Price Tower (1956) in Oklahoma, Wright designed angular wooden desks as well as upholstered pedestal chairs made of chromed steel — audacious furniture for his tallest completed building project. The beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s furniture designs is that while many of us wish we could live in one of houses, his chairs, tables, and sofas connect us directly to his architecture, and to the history he made.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2017
1stDibs seller since 2018
378 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Frank Lloyd Wright Yawagima Edited Model "Taliesin 2" Floor Lamp
By Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Madrid, ES
"Taliesin 2" shelf with integrated lights designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Produced by Yamagiwa in walnut wood. Designed in 1911 in the USA. Our main target is customer...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Walnut

Kalmar Glass Chandelier Pendant Light Fixture, circa 1960, 1 of 2
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A beautiful star-shaped light fixture by Kalmar Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury in 1960s. Two lights are available. The price is per light. It is made of frosted clear gl...
Category

Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome, Nickel, Metal

2 French Plaster Chandelier/ Pendants in Style of Giacometti & Jean Michel Frank
By Jean-Michel Frank, Alberto and Diego Giacometti
Located in New York, NY
Two French Mid-Century Modern style plaster pendants / chandeliers / flush mounts from a design of a model by Alberto and Diego Giacometti for Jean Michel Frank. Hung with brass /...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Plaster

Domani Pendant Lamp large Masayuki Kurokawa for Yamagiwa
By Yamagiwa, Masayuki Kurokawa
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Domani pendant lamp designed by Masayuki Kurokawa for Yamagiwa. Made of glass with rubber lim. Half transparent glass shade in white. This is large model. Also, We have small model i...
Category

Vintage 1970s Japanese Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Rubber

Domani Pendant Lamp Small Masayuki Kurokawa for Yamagiwa
By Yamagiwa, Masayuki Kurokawa
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Domani pendant lamp designed by Masayuki Kurokawa for Yamagiwa. Made of glass with rubber lim. Half transparent glass shade in white. This is small model. Also, we have large one in...
Category

Vintage 1970s Japanese Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Rubber

One of Two Kalmar Glass Chandeliers Pendant Light Fixtures, circa 1970
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Austria, AT
A beautiful star-shaped light fixture by Kalmar Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Two lights are available. The price is per light...
Category

Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Chrome, Nickel

Sunburst Flushmounted Fixture or Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
A highly unusual and decorative sunburst flushmounted fixture or pendant. 10-light Dimensions: Height 8", diameter 64 1/2" CW4822.
Category

20th Century European Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Composition

French Carved Alabaster Pendant Light Fixture
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1920s French carved alabaster light fixture with three interior lights. Measurements: Diameter: 12" Current drop: 20".
Category

Vintage 1920s French Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Alabaster

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery