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Mid-Century Five Custard Shade Chandelier, 1930s

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If you love Mid-Century design but sometimes find it lacking in humanity or beauty this is for you! Great transition piece from Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern. Refinished in it's original colors of cream and antique golden. The five Mid-Century custard shades with their concentric rings show beautifully against the structure of the fixture. The sensuous center harp rising from the fixture offers a welcome relief from the banality of common mid-century design. The ceiling canopy and bottom cover has a repeating design of acanthus leaves, highlighted in antique golden. All shades in excellent condition with no noticeable chips or cracks. Two matching available. Measures: Height 23 1/2 inches, width 19 1/2 inches.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 23.5 in. x W 19.5 in. x D 19.5 in.H 59.69 cm x W 49.53 cm x D 49.53 cm
  • Seller Location
    Prescott, AZ
  • Seller Reference Number
    CEI20160727001
  • Reference Number
    LU155725190643
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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.

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