I’m very pleased to offer this stunning 1940s Hollywood Regency-style chandelier 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 BACK STORY:
I found the 4-arm chandelier fixture online, and knew it was by Lightolier. I had a 1942 catalog image of a 5-arm version, but lighting companies normally offered a variety of options, including how many arms. However, after receiving the fixture, I took it fully apart to rewire, and realized that this fixture, indeed, had once been a 5-arm version. Obviously, one arm had broken at some point. The steel plate which the arms are attached was then replaced by a four hole version and, presto, all was well again. There was, of course, an extra bobeche (the glass bowl sitting under the candles). Cleverly, instead of simply discarding the bobeche, it was flipped over and used on the bottom of the fixture! In any event, I left the fifth bobeche in place because it is, after all, original to the fixture! It is also easily removed. In addition, it makes me smile knowing its history.
To me, the chandelier is just as beautiful as it originally was, but is now just a bit smaller. As such, where it was once scaled for, say, a normal-sized dining room, today it would better fit a smaller dining room, a larger foyer, bedroom, or perhaps your new spa bathroom!
What I love about the chandelier is its utter simplicity. All the glass is elegantly molded but austere – there is no fluting, cut glass, hanging glass drops, or intricate designs normally associated with chandeliers.
The original shades (“Creamtone Plastic”) were long gone of course. I searched and searched for the exact shape but could not find any. The paper shades I purchased (included) are quite close however.
The metal components are sliver-plated.
All the wiring is new, and the vertical wire is cloth-covered like the original. Nice.
Wholly restored, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs.
COLOR: Glass. Silver.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 23-inches. If I measure diagonally, the fixture is 18-inches wide; 14-wide side-to-side. I can remove up to 1-1/2-inches of chain; I can add chain.
- The only issue is minor, and unseen. The fifth bobeche on the bottom has a chip. This cannot be seen.
- The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring and paper insulators.
- The cardboard candle covers are new.
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