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Vintage 1970s Lightolier Brass Waterfall Cage Lamp with White Glass Diffusers



Ethereal, majestic, brass waterfall floor lamp circa 1970s. Where does one begin when it comes to describing this lamp? It is absolutely stunning and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The birdcage-like lamp features ovoid white glass diffusers alternating down a series of brass spires. This falling droplets effect mimics raindrops or a waterfall. The lamp is impressive as it stands, unlit. At five feet tall and nearly 2 feet across, this piece stands as a functional work of art. As soon as the switch is flipped, the illumination seems to transform the space around it into a magic world. A warm amber glow bounces light beautifully off the gold metal surface of the lamp. The lamp is attributed to esteemed lighting producer, Lightolier. You could get creative with this piece. Perhaps you put a lamp inside or a sculpture. It is true that this glorious lamp is certainly enough on its own. One can’t help but to become transfixed in the presence of this marvelous lamp.


  • Creator
    Lightolier (Maker)
  • Similar to
    Tommi Parzinger (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 60.75 in. (154.31 cm)Diameter: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Style
    Hollywood Regency (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Repaired: two glass diffusers have a repair. Wear consistent with age and use. Lamp works. Some oxidization on metal parts.
  • Seller Location
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2255329877682

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About the Maker


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 vintage Lightolier lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the 1970s, 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 lamps, 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 floor lamp. 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 1970s 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.

Find a collection of vintage Lightolier lamps and other lighting fixtures on 1stDibs.

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