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:
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.