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1930s Deco fixture by Lightolier
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I’m very pleased to offer this incredible 1930s Art Deco ceiling fixture by the incomparable Lightolier Company!
Beginning in the 1920s, and for many decades thereafter, the Lightolier Company (extant today of course) made some of the very finest fixtures. Their designs were always simply dazzling, and the quality was the very very very best. When you restore vintage lights such as I do, these aspects are so obvious they tend to jump out. It’s always a particular pleasure restoring a Lightolier!
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The frame is aluminum, and this has a burnished gold finish. Note how relatively simply the frame is. This is to set off the incredible gold iridescent glass shades. Wow. Wow!
Note the concentric rings on the shades, and how this detail is repeated on the bottom of the socket cups, and the ceiling canopy.
The fixture is 16-inches high overall, so is ideal for a room with a low-ish ceiling. The fixture is 17-1/2-inches wide.
When the fixture was new it would have been about twice the price of comparable fixtures by other lighting companies. This premium was for the quality, design, and the Lightolier name. Kinda like the difference between a Chevy and a Rolls-Royce. This premium still applies today.
At the height of the Depression, Lightolier made a remarkable investment: they opened up a deluxe state-of-the-art showroom in NYC – a Kingdom Of Light, no less.
To me, a fixture like this should be in a museum. And not just because it retains all its original parts. It’s the quality, too; the fixture is light years away from the kind of lighting made today, and was wholly made in America. Remember that far, far away time when this country actually made stuff? And quality stuff at that? Sigh.
Wholly restored and with new sockets and wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: See above.
- I love writing this: there’s no damage.
- The fixture was rewired just before I purchased it, and with new sockets.
- The gold finish is new and replicated the original.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!