Set of Three 1950s Enameled Ceiling Lights by Lightolier For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

Set of Three 1950s Enameled Ceiling Lights by Lightolier

About

A set of three 1950s enameled ceiling lights by Lightolier, with thick glass shades with concentric design. Labelled Lightolier. In original condition with age appropriate wear.

Details

  • Period
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 11 in. x Dm 10.75 in.H 27.94 cm x Dm 27.31 cm
  • Diameter
    10.75 in. (27.31 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU879113613132
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2009
Located in Hudson, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Modern 1950's Ceramic Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
Modern 1950's Ceramic Lamp by Gerald Thurston f...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
A stunning 1950s example of the rare graphite colored 'pleated' ceramic lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Beautiful form mounted on a brass base. The amazing original shade mir...
Pair of 1970s Louvered Cube Wall Sconces by Lightolier
Pair of 1970s Louvered Cube Wall Sconces by Lig...
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
A very handsome pair of 1970s modern wall sconces by Lightolier, with louvered open cube design, having a white interior shade, layered with a dark grey outer shade. Great design.
Pair of Brass and Walnut Lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
Pair of Brass and Walnut Lamps by Gerald Thurst...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
A stunning matched pair of 1950s table lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Made with a tapered walnut stem raised on a brass base with three legs. These have Lightolier...
Set of Six 1950s Woodard Sculptura Dining Chairs
Set of Six 1950s Woodard Sculptura Dining Chairs
Russell Woodard
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
A matched set of six 1950s wrought iron dining chairs from Russell Woodard's Sculptura collection. With Woodard's signature woven steel mesh seats, all chairs refinished in greige.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries