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Large Midcentury Chromed Metal Spherical Cage Chandelier by Sciolari



This large spherical cage chandelier features five-bulb sockets and its original ceiling cap. We have had other variations of Gaetano Sciolari iconic cage lamps for Lightolier before but this is the only large spherical example that we have come across to date.


  • Creator
    Lightolier (Manufacturer),Gaetano Sciolari (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Diameter: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This lamp is near mint, can be rewired to suit purchasers location and the drop can be lengthened with additional chain.
  • Seller Location
    Port Hope, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DD 000661stDibs: LU10003989372

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Port Hope, Canada
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer


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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