Lighting

Before. After.

I found
I found this online. Meh. Except…wait! Is that a Porcelier?

 

For many decades, Porcelier made some of the finest lighting fixtures and house wares. There’s a book on their work.

Porcelier became famous for the quality of their product, and its aesthetic. Most of what the company produced featured gorgeous floral designs. However, just before they closed in 1954, the company boldly broadened their line.

These “last generation” lighting fixtures are incredibly rare, and, rarer still, to find with their respective components still intact.

In the image above is one of these rare last generation fixtures. I could see in the image that the gold on the green stem was worn, but I had the same stem in storage…in mint condition. But I did not have the shade. This original shade. This perfect shade. So, when I found the fixture above, my heart stopped. THIS is what I had been seeking for about a decade. THERE was the LOST SHADE!

 

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All put back together. A glory again.

 

Oh my!
Oh my!

 

Oh my! he shade on the chandelier is stunning. I love love love its design, which is strongly evocative of its era.
Oh my! The shade is stunning. I love love love its design, which is strongly evocative of its era.

 

Below the shade is the original brass mounting disk, and the original hand-blown glass finial. The latter looks like a miniature tornado! The finial is also an on/off switch!
The online fixture retained the original brass mounting disk, but was missing the distinctive finial. But, I had one in storage!!!!!!!! It’s glass, and hand-blown! It looks like a miniature tornado! The finial is also an on/off switch!

 

The
The stem and ceiling canopy are porcelain! The gold trim is, I believe, real gold.

 

Today, we think of 1950s styling as being influenced by the Atomic age. But that is the late 1950s. The early 1950s are quite a different aesthetic, and this chandelier typifies the era at its very very very best.
Today, we think of 1950s styling as being influenced by the Atomic Age. But that is the late 1950s. The early 1950s are quite a different aesthetic, and this chandelier typifies the era at its very very very best. A person who owns a home built in the early 1950s will likely fill it with Atomic Age fixtures. But this chandelier would actually be the period-correct choice. And a spectacular choice!

 

There are 7.4 billion people on this planet. And it is quite likely that I am the only person who really gets just how incredible and rare and special this chandelier is. Which means that it will take forever to sell. Forever! But, in the long meantime, I am pleased to call it mine.

 

 

My online vintage lighting store.

 

 

 

 

 

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