Set of Three Alabaster and Brass Sconces by Lightolier

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

A set of three unusual alabaster and polished brass sconces by Lightolier (signed). Simple geometric design-circle in a circle, glass diffuser.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Good. Very good vintage condition, brass has minor tarnishing, glass diffusers intact.
    Dimensions
    3.5 in. H
    9 cm H
  • Diameter
    12
  • Seller Location
    St.Petersburg, FL
  • Number of Items
    3
  • Reference Number
    LU80296736223

About Lightolier (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 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

1stdibs seller since 2004

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in St.Petersburg, FL

More from this Seller

Modernist Set of Sconces by Anvia, Holland
Modernist Set of Sconces by Anvia, Holland
J.J.M. Hoogervorst
Red, white, yellow and blue set of wall lights by Anvia, Holland, circa 1960s. Direction of light can be adjusted. Original enamel paint-perfect for a modernist interior.
Set of Sconces by Seguso, circa 1960s
Set of Sconces by Seguso, circa 1960s
Archimede Seguso
A set of three (3) sconces by Seguso, amber colored glass with chromed hardware.
Pair of Ignazio Gardella Sconces for Azucena
Pair of Ignazio Gardella Sconces for Azucena
Ignazio Gardella
A pair of Ignazio Gardella wall lights (sconces) for Azucena, circa 1960s.
Pair of French Sconces by Maison Arlus
Pair of French Sconces by Maison Arlus
Maison Arlus
A pair of elegant sconces by Maison Arlus. Brass, opaline glass shades.
A Pair of Sconces by Reggiani
A Pair of Sconces by Reggiani
Reggiani
A pair of wall sculptural sconces by Reggiani, Italy, 1970's. Nickeled reflective discs-five in each.
Mauri Almari Brass Sconces for Idman, Finland, 1950s
Mauri Almari Brass Sconces for Idman, Finland, 195...
Mauri Almari
Brass
A pair of elegant brass and opaline glass sconces by Mauri Almari for Idman, (model # 71048), signed, circa 1950s. Glass shades have a angled cut-can be turned to the front or back.
Pair of Arteluce "Visor" Sconces by Vigano
Pair of Arteluce "Visor" Sconces by Vigano
Vittoriano Vigano
Aluminum, Brass
A pair of classic Arteluce "Visor" sconces by V.Vigano. Cream colored metal shades, brass/painted swivel arms.
A Pair of Minimalist Sconces by Anvia Holland
A Pair of Minimalist Sconces by Anvia Holland
Metal
A pair of minimalist sconces (wall lights) by Anvia of Holland. Bent metal, enamelled, signed on the back.
Pair of Unusual Italian Sconces, circa 1950s
Pair of Unusual Italian Sconces, circa 1950s
Arteluce
A pair of modernist Italian sconces (appliques). Unusual black and white shapes that pivot, allowing for lights to be hung in many ways. And angle out or towards the wall. Original pain...
A Pair Of Bronze Art Deco Appliques by Max LeVerrier
A Pair Of Bronze Art Deco Appliques by Max LeVerri...
Max Le Verrier
Bronze
A great pair of classic French, Art Deco appliques, by Max LeVerrier.
A Pair of Seguso Sconces
A Pair of Seguso Sconces
Seguso Company
Glass
A pair of sconces by Seguso.
Stilnovo Wall Lamp with Extension, circa 1960s
Stilnovo Wall Lamp with Extension, circa 1960s
Stilnovo
An Italian wall lamp by Stilnovo (signed with decal and stamped on bracket). Metal and perspex shade, extends out on counter balance. Extends from 47" to approx. 58".