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Midcentury Polished Brass Chandelier by Lightolier

$3,500

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Professionally polished and rewired 1960s brass chandelier by Lightolier in the manner Gerald Thurston or Gino Sarfatti.

Details

  • Creator
    Lightolier (Manufacturer)
  • Similar to
    Gerald Thurston (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Diameter: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Glass,Frosted,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Rewired: New sockets and wiring. Additions or alterations made to the original: Brass professionally polished and clear lacquer coated to retard future tarnishing. Very good condition.
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU809720225622

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: North Miami, FL
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

Lightolier

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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