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Original Mid-Century Modern Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera-Chandelier Exploding Star



Designed in 1963 by Hans Harald Rath, "Exploding Stars" were made as a present from the Austrian people to the USA out of gratitude for rescuing Austria from the Nazi-regime for the new Metropolitan Opera House New York in 1966. Designed and executed by J & L Lobmeyr Vienna, in an unconventional, striking method of construction. Prescription and illustration are to find in an article of Ingrid Müller, Leuchten in der Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lichttechnik 1/1967, Berlin.


  • Creator
    Hans Harald Rath (Designer),J.L Lobmeyr (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.69 in. (50 cm)Diameter: 25.99 in. (66 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    On request all antiques and pieces of arts are delivered with an expertise made out by a certified appraiser for art and antiques on the commercial court in Vienna.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 500731stDibs: LU1050212787812

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    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About J.L Lobmeyr (Manufacturer)

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.

About the Seller
4.7 / 5
Located in Vienna, Austria
Gold Seller
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Established in 1970
1stDibs seller since 2014
88 sales on 1stDibs
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