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Electrolier

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1923 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lutyens, Edwin Landseer Sir, born 1869 - died 1944 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass and glass

  • Museum number:

    M.39:1-1991

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA1, shelf 14 []

Physical description

Electrolier, brass and glass. The electrolier is composed of a large glass sphere with a mirrored surface, below which is suspended the electric lamp, a pale blue circular glass shade and three similarly coloured glass beads. The ceiling boss is a plain, flat disc with a simple, moulded rim. The flex, a three strand plait, passes through the centre; the length of the drop is adjusted by a simple, screw clamp. The shade, which is a pale blue glass disc is suspended by a three prong cage surrounding the bulb. The ends are bent back to support the glass and terminate in a small loop from which each of the glass beads are suspended.

Place of Origin

England (designed and made)

Date

1923 (designed and made)

Artist/maker

Lutyens, Edwin Landseer Sir, born 1869 - died 1944 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Brass and glass

Dimensions

Height: 211 cm of fitting, Diameter: 32.3 cm

Object history note

This electrolier was designed for Gledstone Hall, built to Lutyen's design in an English Palladian style for Sir Amos Nelson between 1923 and 1925. The design was kept deliberately simple so as not to distract attention from the plain vaulting of the main staircase and the ground floor corridor. A close examination of contemporary illustrations of his buildings demonstrates that he rarely used the same fittings in more than one building. Several installed at Campion Hall, New Delhi and Gledstone Hall use an annular glass plate but each time in a different way. Lutyens designed a whole range of electrical fittings for many of his buildings and these are amongst the most innovatory light fittings of the early twentieth century.

Descriptive line

Electrolier, brass and glass, England, 1923, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christie Manson and Woods Ltd. Sale of British Decorative Arts from 1880 to the Present Day, Wednesday, 31st of January, 1990, Lot 111, ill.
C.F. Butler, The Domestic Architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens, Suffolk, 1989, pp. 215-218, ill.
Country Homes, Gardens Old & New, Geldstone Hall, West Riding, Yorkshire, The Home of Sir Amos Nelson, Country Life, April 20, 1935, p.377, fig. 8.

Materials

Brass; Glass

Techniques

Forging; Glass-blowing

Categories

Architectural fittings; Lighting; Metalwork

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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