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French Art Nouveau Boudoir Chandelier by Hector Guimard

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A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze and glass chandelier from the Lustre Lumière collection by Hector Guimard. The body of this chandelier is made of gilt bronze that is crafted into a curved, semi-ovular frame. This top section of the hanging light features the Art Nouveau lines and arabesques that Guimard helped to popularize during the era. Glass and bronze tubes hang from the edges of the frame, creating an ephemeral curtain around the lighting inside. An opaque blue glass plaque hangs from the frame as well, marking a delineation between two sides of this oblong chandelier. Hector Guimard is perhaps the most famous artist of the Art Nouveau movement because he designed the entrances to the Paris Metro for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Many of these entrances are still in use today, giving Guimard’s art massive exposure many years after his death. Guimard’s Metro entrances are remarkable because the designer desired to spread the beauty of Art Nouveau around Paris for the public to enjoy. This special chandelier was made with the same principles in mind: Guimard desired to make beautiful lamps with less expensive, standardized materials so that all those who wanted to own his designs could afford to. In order to create the Lustre Lumière collection Guimard worked with the house of Langlois, a Paris lamp company, beginning in 1910. Langlois produced glass tubes, pearls, and plaques, as well as bronze tubes and art nouveau elements that Guimard would combine in different shapes and forms to create a vast array of different lamps and chandeliers. This efficient construction method reflects the zeitgeist of post-industrial France, where standardization and quick production were beginning to be parts of everyday life. Guimard hung the best of his lamps from this collection in his own home in Paris, and this particular chandelier is a truly exceptional example from Lustre Lumière. Circa 1910-1915. A similar fixture is pictured in: Guimard, catalogue for the exhibition at le muse d’Orsay, Paris April-July 1992, by Philippe Thiébaut, Françoise Cachin and Pierre Arizzoli-Clémentel, Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des muse nationaux, 1992, p. 362, fig. 3. (MG #17238)

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1910-1919
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1914
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: EL172381stDibs: LU88543837392

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