Mid-Century Modern Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Exploding Star Chandelier For Sale
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Mid-Century Modern Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Exploding Star Chandelier

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Mid-Century Modern Lobmeyr metropolitan opera exploding star chandelier, circa 1960s. This stunning iconic chandelier creates the effect of a starburst in hand cut Austrian crystals. This sputnik chrome and glass chandelier was designed in the 1960s by Hans Harald Rath in Austria for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This spectacular chandelier can be modified to any height, used as a flush mount fixture or suspended from a chain. This chandelier is in very good vintage condition with light expected tarnish to finish. It has been newly wired for the U.S. market.  

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition with expected light age related tarnish to finish. Newly wired for U.S. market
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 35 in. x W 30 in. x D 30 in.H 88.9 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 76.2 cm
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU869413617442
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About J.L Lobmeyr (Designer)

The venerable Austrian firm J. & L. Lobmeyr is one of the world’s premier glassware makers and purveyors, noted especially for its lighting and tableware designs. Headquartered in Vienna, Lobmeyr has won numerous illustrious commissions in its nearly two centuries in business, including the chandeliers for the Hapsburg monarchy’s Schönbrunn Palace, the Lincoln Center home of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Lobmeyr is still family owned and managed. The company was founded by glass trader Josef Lobmeyr in 1823. It thrived during the long tenure of his son Ludwig, who built a network of manufacturers and artisanal workshops in Bohemia—central Europe’s revered glass-making region, now part of the Czech Republic—and earned imperial patronage. (He also collaborated with Thomas Edison to create the first electric chandelier, in 1883.) His nephew, Stefan Rath, who took over as head of Lobmeyr in 1917, introduced modernist design to the company repertoire, contracting with designers such as Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Otto Prutscher and Michael Powolny to create tableware.


Lobmeyr has never been married to a dominant in-house design type. The firm has produced chandeliers and sconces in styles as various as neo-Baroque, Rococo, neoclassical (or Louis XVI), Art Nouveau, minimalist and “sputnik” mid-century modern. As you will see from the offerings available on these pages, Lobmeyr can bring a sense of grandeur suitable to any décor.

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