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Large Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass, Iron and Glass Chandelier

$5,950

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Rare large Mid-Century Modern chandelier by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This stunning modernist chandelier is comprised of a brass and iron frame, large glass bobeches and brass cups. This unusual fixture has been newly wired and can be displayed in homes with any ceiling height. Can be hung as is or hanging from a chain at desired height. This outstanding midcentury chandelier dates from mid-1950s-mid-1960s. Gerald Thurston born in 1914 was one of the most innovative American lighting designers of the postwar era. He earned acclaim for his lamps and lighting fixtures, which exemplified the streamlined forms and sleek materials of the mid-20th century. His long-term work with lighting company Lightolier over the course of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in some of his most iconic lamps, which are still coveted by collectors today.

Details

  • Creator
    Lightolier (Maker),Gerald Thurston (Designer)
  • Similar to
    Sciolari Lighting (Maker)Gaetano Sciolari (Designer)Stilnovo (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.5 in (46.99 cm)Diameter: 37 in (93.98 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950-1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall good vintage condition. Newly wired with long lead wire for higher ceilings. Acquired with one bobeche having a small crack that has been stabilized. Only visible upon close inspection and noted for accuracy. A stunning and rare chandelier!
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: KIRBY ANTIQUES-Chandelier-LU8694195117221stDibs: LU869419511722

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    Ships From: Houston, TX
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Gerald Thurston

As the leading designer at Lightolier during the postwar building and design boom, Gerald Thurston created his clever lighting — sleek floor lamps, table lamps and desk lamps— to suit the American lifestyles of 1950s and 1960s. His designs were at the forefront of the mid-century modern lighting revolution — like much of the visionary work being done at the time in furniture and interiors, Thurston’s fixtures are both elegant and totally innovative, reflecting the exploration of new ideas and new technology that consumed designers of the era.

Thurston eventually led a stellar team of international lighting designers at Lightolier. He was important to the pioneering East Coast-based electric lighting company, and rumor has it that because he sketched every design on craft paper, the manufacturer insured his right hand for one million American dollars.

While enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1930s, where he earned his degree in industrial design, Thurston worked as a freelance designer for the Zenith Radio Corporation. Once he graduated, he found a position at the New Metal Craft Company. There he designed custom lighting fixtures and decorative objects for architects and interior designers.

Lightolier enticed Thurston to join them in approximately 1950. That same year, New York’s Museum of Modern Art featured a green floor lamp of his in their Good Design Exhibition of 1950. The sculptural lamps that Thurston created for Lightolier are representative of his interest in Scandinavian modernist lighting as well as the revolutionary designs produced by postwar Italian companies such as Arredoluce and Arteluce. (Lightolier partnered with the latter, and Thurston found inspiration in the work of Arteluce founder Gino Sarfatti.)

During Thurston’s decades-long tenure with Lightolier, he became internationally known for his many designs. His modernist fixtures are characterized by clean lines, vibrant colors and an appealing meld of metals and rich woods. His slender-legged Lightolier Tripod floor lamp, introduced in the 1960s, garnered widespread acclaim, while his whimsical Cricket lamp, with its arthropodan shade and slim brass frame, is wholly versatile — it can be hung as a sconce or positioned on a desk and offers direct or diffused light.

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