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1930s moderne chandeliers by Markel PAIR
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I am pleased to offer this pair of 1930s hanging Moderne-style fixtures by Markel Electric Products of Buffalo!
MARKEL ELECTRIC PRODUCTS
Markel Electric Products (MEP) was founded by Joseph Markel (1888-1966) in 1920. Markel was born in Lithuania and came to the United States in 1891. The company was located at 145 Seneca Street in Buffalo, New York. A century ago, this was a bustling industrial area. Down the street was the thriving Larkin Company, and their globally famous Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today, the area is but a shadow of its former thriving self, and block after block is vacant. The Larkin Administration Building itslef was demolished in the 1950s – a stunning act of cultural vandalism.
All large American cities once had busy industrial areas employing millions of workers, most of whom lived just blocks from the factories and walked (or took a streetcar) to work. All this seems like an ancient time, a lost age far, far away when America actually made stuff. Quality stuff, too.
Moderne is an aesthetic that developed after the Art Deco period. This aesthetic was relatively short lived, and reached the height of its popularity in the late 1930s. Emerald City, in the movie Wizard of Oz, is Moderne gone Hollywood. Many lighting fixtures labeled Art Deco are more accurately Moderne.
The fixtures can be configured in several ways (see more below).
Each fixture has a beautiful glass shade with fluted sides, and a lovely design the bottom. The glass shades have a metal ring on top, and the effect is dramatic.
A feature that I really like about the set is how they throw light down, and up to the ceiling. Each fixture takes two 100W bulbs.
ABOUT THE RESTORATION SCHEDULE:
This set will take up to two weeks to restore after payment is received.
ABOUT THE FINISH:
As noted, the fixtures are not restored yet. The paint finish (now chipped and partially lost) will be fully renewed in the original color – a soft sorta beige/peach. If I ship chandelier versions, the exposed wire will be new, and cloth-covered like the original.
IS THE STYLE RIGHT FOR YOUR DÉCOR?
While the set is wonderfully Moderne in style, few people in the 1930s or 1940s owned Moderne-style homes (indeed, very few such homes were ever built). Then, as today, most homes are traditional in style, and people would have purchased a set like this because it seemed new and fresh, no matter the style of their home or its furnishings. If you look at old decorating magazines (which I collect), you would see such fixtures in, say, a Cape Cod-style home with traditional furnishings.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE THE FIXTURES CONFIGURED?
1) I can ship both lights as chandelier versions, like the first images.
2) I can do one as a chandelier, and the other as a shorter pendant (see image #6). Such a combination would be ideal, say, for your dining room (the chandelier) and living room (the pendant).
3) I can do a chandelier for your dining room, and a pendant with the metal shade removed for your foyer (see image #7).
4) I can also do both as pendant fixtures, and with or without the metal shades.
DETAILS: Each fixture accepts two standard base 60W bulbs.
COLOR: The shades are an apricot color in several tones. The paint is a pale beige-peach.
- The chandelier version is 27-1/2-inches long. I can remove up to 9-inches of chain. I can add chain. The chandelier is 16-inches wide.
- The pendant version is 12-inches high. It cannot be less. It is 16-inches wide (with metal shade) and 10-inches wide (without metal shade).
- The shades have some chipping to their very upper edges. This is covered by the metal shades.
- The porcelain sockets and wiring will be new.
- The paint will be new, and a close match to the original.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!