(B) This acquisition has single-handedly hurtled me into the Big Leagues, and no longer am I the mere water boy groveling around at the players' feet. Here, of course, we have a magnificently decorated Le Verre Francais lighting bowl in the "mirettes" pattern, acid cutback technique. Since my breath has been quite taken away I'm not going to blather on about the depth of the acid-etching or the extraordinary vibrance of the colors, or the entirely original mountings, their awesome designs and rich patina, or all the other things I might go on and on and on about. Just imagine this: you're with your favorite person, sitting in a rosewood chair at your macassar ebony and rosewood dining table. It's your birthday and your friend has had a five-course French meal catered for the occasion, by the best French restaurant in town. This is the only light on in the room and you've dimmed it down to about 20 watts. I hope you make it to the second course...

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(D) This hand-wrought iron geometric French Art Deco chandelier from the 20's has a lustrous deep-brown original patina, and the signed mottled, orange and gray-white (no yellow, that's the result of the photography only) Schneider shades compliment that palette perfectly. It hangs 28 inches and has a diameter of about 17 inches. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)



(F) An "exercise in geometry" if there ever was! Heavily worked wrought iron with a flourish at the top. The glass has a pattern in it which also suggests a wrought iron surface, and there are four sockets in the bottom part. You can use four bulbs of any wattage you want, no limit! This fixture hangs about 30 inches long. Fully restored and rewired.

Gone to the smarty-pants who recognized its beauty! SOLD!!



(G) This French Art Deco chandelier has a brand-new (but antiqued) brushed nickel finish. There are six large "slip" shades, three hanging shades, all with a vivid, highly geometric motif, which is contrasted by the more fluid, organic designs of the canopy and the decorative elements below the glass -- an irrestible touch to the nature-loving French designers! It hangs about 40 inches long, has an approximate diameter of 21 inches. This fixture has been totally disassembled, replated in brushed nickel, patinated, and rewired. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)




(H) Judging by its weathered verdigris patina, this sparely-designed light was probably intended for outdoor use. It would be entirely at home inside, especially in an entryway or hallway. BUT, I ask you, how many decades -- yes, DECADES -- has it been since I've offered you even ONE outdoor fixture?! It hangs down about 25 inches and it's 10 inches across. And, it's all restored, rewired, and fitted with a glass tubular shade. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)



(I) Lighting maestro Petitot executed this spell-binding Modernist light. It's presented in its original chrome skin, which is in very good condition. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


(M) This French Art Deco chandelier reminds us of Czechoslovakia's "end of day" or Italy's millefiore glass. But who really knows who "invented" this extraordinary technique of blending and fusing colors? Perhaps it was the French! In any case, I found this fixture in France, so I'll venture that's where it was made. Note the spare but elegantly ornamented metalwork. It hangs down around 28 inches and is about 26 across. In mint original condition, restored and rewired. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)





Turns out this is a d'Avesn design! You can own it!!

(N) Choose any one of these three French Art Deco glass lighting bowls with the brushed nickel hardware shown (or, at the end of THIS PAGE, check out 15 other choices!).

Several years ago I realized that really well-designed ceiling canopies were going extinct (now even ratty ones are hard to find!), so I had a couple of my best ones recast in solid bronze and then plated in what we call "satin" or "brushed" nickel. It's a beautiful soft finish that makes these fixtures look like "jewelry for the home." Think of this fixture as an extra-large earring!

In the first two photos I've used a new spiral CFL (compact florescent light) in the bowl and, as you can see, it lights the bowl just beautifully. The light is much less concentrated than with a standard incandescent bulb, so you get less of a "hot spot," a more even distribution of the light. And, frankly, I think the color is prettier. Hey, all that AND energy savings?! What are you waiting for??!!! BE GREEN!

The glass bowl is one of many different gorgeous glass bowls from the 20's or 30's, thousands of which were produced for French homes. Each has its own artistic concept. Some are prettier than others, but isn't it really just a matter of personal preference, since they're all really beautiful?! In this offering I'm allowing you to choose among any of the three (or take more if you want). As shown, the complete hanging length is 26 inches and the bowl is 13 3/4 across. The squared (solid) brass tubing is 1/4 inch and of course has been freshly nickel (brushed) plated as well. These are a breeze to install.

I can alter the length to custom-suit your circumstances. I can shorten the entire fixture down to about 16 inches if you have a low ceiling. Better yet, hang it longer over the dining table at this length -- for beauty and to help create intimacy at the table.

(e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


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