An Unexpected Beauty


My online vintage lighting store.



So, y’all know how much Kenny enjoys scouring Facebook Marketplace. He’s good at finding things not just for the Cross House, but vintage lights as well. I always pay him a finder’s fee.

Recently, he forwarded a late 1950s brass chandelier. Such chandeliers were wildly popular in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and many iterations are easily found.

But what Kenny found is…different, and unlike anything I’ve ever offered:

  • It’s large: a whopping 24-inches wide.
  • It has six arms (rather than the more common 5 arms).
  • The bottom is a large brass bowl. I’ve never seen this before.
  • The bowl has an over-scaled acanthus leaf cluster! FABULOUS!
  • There are amazing anthemion filigree motifs. Soooooo gorgeous.
  • Even the chain links are striking and unique.

My appreciation of the fixture though was largely based after I restored it. For, the few online Facebook pictures had showed a sad-looking thing. The bottom brass bowl was spray-painted gold. Huh? I stripped and polished this. The candles were weirdly stumpy. I changed them for 6-inch candles. Much better! I carefully polished while retaining most of the patina. The crystals were…oh, the horror…pressed glass. I replaced them with hand-cut crystals.

And after?

Oh. My.
















This is a very special chandelier and would be ideal over a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings dining table.



My online vintage lighting store.




  1. Cindy Belanger on September 17, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Oh wow, beautiful. This is not a light fixture I would associate with the 1950’s, 60’s or 70’s. Those are not my style, but this, wow.

  2. Sandra D Lee on September 17, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    Marvelous chandelier!

    Kenny is amazing!

    This piece is so beautiful and such amazing features.

  3. mlaiuppa on September 18, 2023 at 4:43 am

    Wow, that is amazing. And that bowl. That is unique.

    This looks older than the 50s. The design is so unique. Almost like a Hollywood set from an Errol Flynn movie.

    Do you think it is a one of a kind custom piece?

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