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Lapis Lazuli, Rock Crystal and Doré Bronze Four Arm Sconces, E.F. Caldwell, Pair

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A very fine and unusual pair of Louis XVI Style E.F. Caldwell hand carved Lapis Lazuli, rock crystal, doré bronze and gilt metal four arm wall appliques/sconces. These are truly an exceptional pair of sconces with the highest quality of Caldwell craftsmanship. With a gorgeous flower-pot form, the hand carved lapis lazuli body is finished with concave swirling designs and mounted with doré bronze and gilt metal arms. The tops of each sconce are adorned with hand carved rock crystal flowers and rock crystal leaflets. Scattered throughout the sconces are rock crystal flowers, as well as variable handcut rock crystal prisms. The four arms are beautifully finished with doré bronze which delicately flows upwards into four rock crystal candleholders. North America, circa 1890 Caldwell & Co. was America’s premier designer house and producer of lighting and other metal objects during the turn of the 20th century through the 1940s. Notable clients of Caldwell lighting fixtures included the Rockefellers', Carnegies', and Roosevelts', and the company was also commissioned for famous landmarks such as the Grand Central Terminal and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The White House also has many Caldwell lighting decorations throughout. Caldwell & Co. manufactured unique and intricate lighting fixtures in their Manhattan factory, such as chandeliers, electrified lamps, and wall sconces.

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Edward F. Caldwell & Co.

Edward F. Caldwell & Co. was among America’s preeminent lighting manufacturers of the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries, illuminating the halls and ceilings of some of the most notable buildings in the United States. In addition to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the White House in Washington, D.C., the company’s masterful light fixtures also adorn the homes of some historically prominent figures, such as J.P. Morgan and Phillip Lehman.

The firm was founded in 1895 by American Edward F. Caldwell and Victor F. von Lossberg, a Latvia native who was raised in Russia. The founders became acquainted while working at Archer & Pancoast Manufacturing Company of New York, which produced gas lighting fixtures.

In 1901 Edward F. Caldwell & Co. opened a foundry, where the owners and the lighting artisans they recruited could explore a range of metalworking techniques and design styles. Caldwell and von Lossberg quickly rose to the top of the electric light manufacturing business with their shared vision, choosing to deliver quality elegant fixtures that frequently drew on historic European designs. The firm produced magnificent lighting pieces, as well as finely crafted decorative objects and mirrors. Their neoclassical designs borrowed heavily from Baroque and Rococo styles — Edward F. Caldwell & Co. also devised Art Deco fixtures during the 1920s — and favored bronze, silver, iron, copper and brass as their primary materials.

With construction on the rise in New York in the early 1900s, not many outfits could take on large-scale lighting contracts. With over 1,000 employees, Edward F. Caldwell & Co. could take on heavy commissions.

After Caldwell died in 1914, von Lossberg carried the company until he died in 1942. Edward F. Caldwell & Co. closed its doors owing to financial troubles in 1959.

Today manufacturer’s work can be seen all across New York City — including at the Bank of Manhattan and the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel — and Edward F. Caldwell & Co. creations are highly sought after by lighting and decor enthusiasts.

On 1stDibs, explore a selection of vintage Edward F. Caldwell & Co. table lamps, chandeliers and pendants, sconces and floor lamps.

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