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1940s chandelier by Lightolier
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There are cars. And there are cars.
You can buy a new Ford Taurus for about $25,000.
Or, you could buy a new Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe for $400,000.
Both vehicles have four wheels, are fully equipped, safe, and will get you very comfortably from A to B.
But there’s still a world of difference between the two.
So, too, with clothes, houses, watches, and, why, even lighting.
I have a number of fixtures similar to the one listed here. All will light your room. All are lovely and fully restored, and with prices starting at $250.
But none of these fixtures are Rolls-Royces.
This one is.
I’m very pleased to offer this astounding, extraordinarily rare, and altogether breathtaking 1942 Hollywood-Regency-style chandelier by the incredible Lightolier Company!
For me, the Holy Grail of vintage lighting was this fixture. I mean it. I searched for years to find a complete version and was only able to find, very occasionally, the shade or the stem. Then I came across the fixture listed here. My heart stopped. For, the fixture was not only complete but (I gasped at the realization) even retained its five original and unique glass drops (custom made by Lightolier for this fixture). At that moment I knew that life was, indeed, divine.
The chandelier abounds with remarkable details:
- The finial is a large glass sphere.
- The shade is frankly astounding. Its flat shape is amazing enough, but it has flowers and leaves which are deeply molded into the glass. The outer color is an off-white. The inner color (as revealed by the flowers and leaves) is a pale golden color.
- The shade is girdled by a filigree band. This is particularly distinctive when the chandelier is lighted.
- Above the shade is an incredible glass pineapple-like vase. Wow. Wow!
- Above that are five brass curly-cues which hold the aforementioned rare-beyond-belief glass drops.
- The ceiling canopy, beautiful, is also unique to Lightolier.
In the image from the 1942 Lightolier Victory catalog, please note the glass sphere finial. It is distinctive, like the one shown here. However, in the second catalog image you’ll see a less distinctive dangly glass sphere. It was common for lighting companies to offer subtle variations.
The fixture was originally priced at $47.25. I know, you laugh, but that was way way way expensive. You could buy comparable style fixtures for $18! Even $12! The premium was for the quality, design, and the Lightolier name.
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.
The chandelier mixes silver-plate and brass. This is not readily obvious but gives the fixture a subtle bit of additional distinction.
Fully rewired and with new sockets, the exposed vertical wire is cloth-covered like the original.
If you’ve been looking for a spectacular chandelier to make THE statement in you home then this fixture may be ideal.
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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This fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
- The fixture accepts standard base 75W bulbs. I suggest 60W appliance-size bulbs.
- The brass and silver have been polished. They have not been lacquered.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down about 30-inches and is 16-inches wide. I can remove up to 7-inches of chain. I can add chain.
- The shade has several chips to its upper, inner edge but the filigree band covers this. There are minute bits of loss to the outer finish of the shade.
- The ceiling canopy is silver-plated. On the bottom portion the silver has worn away revealing, subtly, the brass under. This is hard to discern from reflections.
- The porcelain sockets and wiring are new.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!