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1940s chandeliers FOUR
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I’m very pleased to offer this extraordinary opportunity:
FOUR rare and quite spectacular Mid-Century Modern chandeliers by Homart!
This listing is for four matching fixtures. Wow.
The chandelier was first introduced in the very late 1940s.
ABOUT THE 1940s
Just after WW II, and before, say, the mid-1950s, there’s a particular era of design that I have a great fondness for. This era, as yet, has no name. People just tend to lump it into the Mid-Century Modern category. However, a study of lights of this era reveals a very particular aesthetic.
I can only assume that the men and women who created magnificent pre-war lighting fixtures were still around after the war. Embedded within their experience was an artistic ability and color sense that was soon to vanish. What I find so attractive about this Era-That-Has-No-Name is the fascinating combination of the past and future. The future is represented by the basic design of 1940s fixtures; they don’t really look like pre-war fixtures. The past is rich colors and lush details. By the latter 1950s the past was extinct as the Atomic Age ushered in a mania for The New and simplicity reined.
Houses from the 1940s are also very different than those from the 1950s. They may also at a glance look the same but there are many people, like me, who delight in the differences.
The fixture has a very large glass shade – it’s a whopping 18-1/2-inches wide. It’s white-on-white, and has lovely flowers and a nice sorta pleated upper edge.
In the bottom center is a thick glass diffuser surrounded by a chrome ring. There’s a switch on the bottom which turns just a single bulb on, lighting the diffuser. This is ideal if, say, the fixture is over a dining table as you will get a gentle glow on the tabletop, while the large shade gently glows, too. Another click of the switch and four more bulbs turn on. The fixture is now alive with light. Very cool.
The stem is, remarkably, chrome-plated (as are all the metal components), and this has a dozen tear-shaped glass droplets. Wow. This is so gorgeous when lighted.
While created in the late 1940s, the fixture would have sold all through the 1950s and possibly very early 1960s.
Intended for over a dining table, the fixture (because of the chrome) would also look very well in your newly renovated kitchen, or new spa bathroom!
This set will be shipped wholly restored with new sockets and wiring, ready to hang, and with all the mounting hardware needed!
- Each fixture accepts five standard base 60W bulbs.
- The glass drops are all new. The fixture, without question, had glass drops as revealed by the twelve tell-tale mounting holes. The tear-shaped drops I selected seemed like the no-brainer choice.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The shades are a whopping 18-1/2-inches wide. The fixtures are 32-inches long. I can remove up to 15-inches of chain. I can add chain.
- The only issue is a small chip to the upper edge of one shade, although it appears more like a manufacturing irregularity. It is not readily obvious.
- The chrome looks really good. On one fixture, at the very bottom of the center stem, there are some small bits of loss but this cannot be seen with the shade on. As well, there is some tonal irregularity in the inside curve of the stem. This is really difficult to see (and even if you do see it, it looks like reflections).
- The porcelain sockets and wiring will be new.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!