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Interior and Exterior Sconce Lamp Pair by Lightolier


Gerald Thurston, Lightolier Steel, brass 1955, 13" x 13" x 6.5" deep. These wall sconces from Lightolier were produced circa 1955 and are designed to be used for interior and exterior applications. See photo showing how one of our clients have used these externally to illuminate a brick wall near the front door entrance. The wide hood means these act as architectural wall washers and focus all light out evenly and downward with no light above the Luminaire. These lamps have been entirely restored which includes the latest porcelain sockets as well hardware allowing these to be hung quickly to vintage and modern electrical hardware. Produced from solid steel and brass, they are designed to last in damp environments if required thus are ideal for patio illumination. The perforated diffuser works to diffuse the light though in the photograph we have highlighted the position of the bulb for reference. They measure 13" tall and wide and are approximately 6.5" deep. Generally they are considered the work of Gerald Thurston, though some references with similar designs indicate Carl Moser may have designed these for Lightolier also. The tripod motif is Classic of the era and the quality is second to none. The condition of the pair is outstanding, and the price given is for the pair.       


  • Dimensions
    H 13 in. x W 13 in. x D 6.5 in.H 33.02 cm x W 33.02 cm x D 16.51 cm
  • Seller Location
    South Charleston, WV
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  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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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.

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