Lighting

Why fixtures by Porcelier are so stunning!

Once upon a time there existed a company called Porcelier.

The unusual name derived from the fact that the company made things largely out of porcelain. And glass.

Today, one can buy Porcelier toasters (made, incredibly, out of porcelain) and Porcelier coffee makers and Porcelier tea sets and Porcelier waffle makers and…Porcelier lighting fixtures.

I naturally gravitate towards the latter.

I am uncertain when Porcelier began doing business, but believe it to be in the 1930s. They closed in the early 1950s. During this brief period Porcelier made some of the finest lighting fixtures and housewares. There’s a book on their work.

In my online vintage lighting store, I have the largest selection of Porcelier lighting available on the internet. A treasure trove of Porcelier!

I am always adding to my online collection, and just listed this knockout:

 

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Oh my!

 

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The fixture is mostly glass. The ceiling canopy is porcelain! All the parts are original to each other, something I rather obsess about. Original! Original!

 

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Nobody does glass shades like this anymore! Zounds!

 

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The finial is spectacular!!!!!!!! It’s a hand-made glass sphere (no two are alike) with a swirling design, like a miniature tornado! I love it!

 

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Just below the shade is a dazzling glass disk. Wow! The disk flares out, and is deliciously detailed. Magic when lighted!

 

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Yep, zounds!

 

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Even the stem is glass!!!!!!!!

 

Basically, you gasp when looking at the fixture.

To me, fixtures like this should be in a museum. They are of such a quality, and of such superior design (the details, proportions, and overall look), that we will likely never see such work again. There’s no company making comparable fixtures today.

The fixture was also wholly made in the USA. Remember that far, far away time?

 

My online vintage lighting store.

 

 

One Response to Why fixtures by Porcelier are so stunning!

  1. Beautiful! I wish I had the right house to put it in.

    I love your blog and watching what you’re doing. I itch to buy an old house but my husband would kill me! Three kids age 4 and under leaves me with very little free time.

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