Lightolier Cut-Crystal Five-Arm Chandelier, circa 1940s

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

A wonderful early example of the craftsmanship of the American lighting pioneer, Lightolier. Five glass arms meet at the bottom the tri-tiered cut-glass centre column. Brass cups under the sockets can be used as fitters for hurricane shades, if desired. Excellent for a smaller foyer or powder room.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    24 in. H
    61 cm H
  • Diameter
    21
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU8419955482

About Lightolier (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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2008

Typical response time: 2 hours

Located in Chicago, IL

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

More from this Seller

Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
Lightolier
Steel
Elegant black lacquer sixteen-light chandelier by Lightolier. The design is often attributed to Tommi Parzinger. The chandelier is comprised of eight spokes radiating out from the centr...
Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight Light Modernist Chandelier
Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight Light Modernist Cha...
Lightolier
Steel, Glass
Modernist chandelier in spun aluminum and steel with eight arms and glass globes. Vented bobeches hold the glass globes in place over spun aluminum tube socket covers. Possibly an early...
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass R...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Chrome, Glass, Brass
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier glass rod and brass two-tiered waterfall flush mount chandelier. Chrome-plated hexagonal ceiling mount with six brass plated reverse trefoil fitters. Six...
1940s Rock Crystal Spheres and Brass Chandelier
1940s Rock Crystal Spheres and Brass Chandelier
Brass, Crystal, Rock Crystal
Six-arm rock crystal ball and brass chandelier with glass bobeches and beaded crystal chain. Center rod is adorned with top crystal ball and four filigreed brass sprays. Up to 360 watts...
1940s Gilt Tole & Crystal Italian Chandelier
1940s Gilt Tole & Crystal Italian Chandelier
Metal, Crystal
Gilded metal foliage supported by five arms with lights. Many crystal drops embellish the fixture.
1940s Twelve-Arm Murano Deep Champagne Glass Chandelier
1940s Twelve-Arm Murano Deep Champagne Glass Chand...
Brass, Murano Glass
1940s Murano champagne color glass chandelier, with hand-painted gold accents. Has two tiers, the lower with eight arms, and the upper with four. Sold with brass chain and matching glas...
Gaetano Sciolari Chrome & Smoked Glass Five-Arm Chandelier
Gaetano Sciolari Chrome & Smoked Glass Five-Arm Ch...
Gaetano Sciolari
Chrome, Steel
Italian modern five arm chrome and smoked glass globe chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari. Five chrome flat bar arms connect to the center chrome column, and appear to pierce each cylinder h...
Lightolier Silver Italian Six-Arm Chandelier
Lightolier Silver Italian Six-Arm Chandelier
Tommi Parzinger
Brass, Silver Plate
Silver-plated six-arm Regency chandelier from Lightolier. Certain characteristics are similar to the design elements of Parzinger's work for Lightolier. Specifically, the silver table l...
Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obelisk Lamps
Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obeli...
Lightolier
Brass
Beautiful design with glass bodies and lacquered wood bases connected by brass spheres on each corner. Emerald green glass bodies have gilt arabesque design on front and back sides. Com...
Italian Chrome and Crystal Ten-Arm Waterfall Chandelier
Italian Chrome and Crystal Ten-Arm Waterfall Chand...
Crystal, Chrome
Beautiful chrome over brass ten-arm Italian chandelier with trumpet bobèches and long square rod crystals with angled tops. Excellent build quality and interesting shape that when lit,...
Brushed Nickel and Raindrop Bubble Crystals Eight-Arm Chandelier
Brushed Nickel and Raindrop Bubble Crystals Eight-...
Nickel, Crystal
Striking eight-arm chandelier in brushed nickel, with a gourd form open center and rain drop bubble crystals adding a modern touch. Multiple tiers of crystals give the appearance of wat...
Lightolier White Cased Glass Bell Form Pendant Light by Glashütte Limburg
Lightolier White Cased Glass Bell Form Pendant Lig...
Lightolier
Blown Glass, Cord, Metal
Lightolier cased glass pendant light with single cord suspension and three black metal stud fitters. 1970s import made by the stellar German firm Glashütte Limburg. Overall drop wit...