I’m very pleased to offer this quite remarkable and rare 1930s pendant fixture.
The fixture is by Chase Brass & Copper, a 134-year-old company (extant today) which only produced lighting during the 1930s and very early 1940s. Their fixtures (and house wares) are highly collectable, and really stunning, and there are a spate of books on Chase:
Art Deco Chrome, the Chase Era; 1988
Chase Catalogs: 1934 and 1935; 1999
Chase Complete: Deco Specialties of the Chase Brass and Copper Co.; 1999
1930’s Lighting: Deco and Traditional by Chase; 2000
Chase Era: 1933 and 1942 Catalogs of the Chase Brass and Copper Co.; 2001
This fixture is one of their more interesting. It’s from their “Even-Glow” line, designed to give “scientific” light, no less. The metal components are typically Chase in being all of very high quality, but the shade is the thing. It’s plastic. Yes, plastic. But this was decades before plastic became associated with all things cheap. In the 1930s plastic was a revolutionary advance over, say, Bakelite, and the very acme of modernity. Chase was justifiably proud of designing an entire line featuring the new, exotic material – the Apple of its day in terms of innovation.
The catalog images I show are from 1937. This particular shade is not shown, so I assume the fixture is a slightly earlier/later model. There can be no doubt however that the fixture is, indeed, by Chase. The stem and canopy are pictured, as is the distinctive brass filigree ring atop the shade. Moreover, no one but Chase was making large plastic shades in the 1930s.
The shade hangs from three metal rods, with petite brass spheres at their ends. Cool. (Beaded chains are more common.)
I also love the finial. Note how the raised rings on it are matched in the shade. Nice. This type of attention to detailing is very typical for Chase.
Unlighted, the shade is a custard color, and this really comes alive when the fixture is lighted. The fixture accepts a 200W bulb, but the shade diffuses this, so a lovely, flattering quality of light is the result.
The wiring is new, and cloth-covered like the original.
The fixture is ideal for anyone who appreciates the rare and unusual (and beautiful!). Or maybe you just simply have a bunch of rambunctious kids, and can’t have a fragile vintage glass shade hanging in your home!
The fixture can be used in most rooms. Perhaps your living room? Or kitchen, bedroom, or bath?
Wholly restored, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
- The fixture accepts one standard base, long-necked 200W bulb.
- The brass has been polished. It has not been lacquered.
- Custard shade. White paint. Brass.
- The fixture hangs down about 22-inches and is 15-1/2-inches wide. I can remove up to 5-inches of chain. I can add chain.
- I love writing this: there’s no damage. The shade is near mint.
- The porcelain socket is original. The cloth wiring is new.
- The white paint appears to be original. There are some minor bits of loss and subtle scuffing.
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