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Important American Aesthetic Chandelier

Important American Aesthetic Chandelier

Important American Aesthetic Chandelier

Six arm 1880’s chandelier in the American Aesthetic taste. Original finish, as found, nearly perfect condition, re-wired and ready to install.



This six arm chandelier dates from the 1880’s, the decade of the Aesthetic Movement in American. A similar chandelier is shown on page 282 of In Pursuit of Beauty, the catalog for the famous exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1986 and 87.

There several varieties of this chandelier, dating back to the 1870s, and while the Met attributes I. P. Frink as the maker, later research as shown that it was designed by Thackera & Sons. This chandelier in the Met exhibit, and later shown in The Brass Menagerie exhibit as well, is fitted for gas.  The fixture offered by LooLoo was factory designed to be electrified.

The fixture shown here is also scaled down, undoubtedly because the homeowners who ordered it planned to hang it in a room with lower ceilings. The etched glass shades did not start life with the light but are authentic early electric additions.

This chandelier retains much of the old gilded finish on the red brass tubing. Some of the spherical prisms are replacements but otherwise the light is complete as found. It has been rewired (and that was a job) and is ready to install.