Antique Lighting from The Drawing Room




# 3762. . . . In 1910 Russian Artist and set designer (for Diaghilev's Ballet Russe), Leon Bakst, influenced international society and the applied arts with his barbaric exoticism for the ballet Scheherazade. Oriental filigree lamps became all the rage which were also well suited to the new luxury of electricity. This fanciful iron filigree example is of American manufacturer and dates from that period. In a recent article in NEST { Winter 2003} titled "The Most Indian House in America" by David Petrovsky, Lockwood de Forest { 1850 - 1932 } and his influence on taste is discussed. The exotic lines of this fixture certainly reflect thematically de Forest's design concepts. This chandelier would have been at home in a de Forest designed interior. Size: 37" tall and 16" across. Losses and dents consistent with age and use. There are four decorative chains attached from the top to the main body of the fixture each with a spiral spring decorative element: one of these spiral elements is missing along with part of the chain. I believe that it would not be difficult to reproduce this missing section. This fixture was stored in a horse stable on Bellevue Avenue here in Newport, Rhode Island for more than 50 years. It probably was used in a foyer in some home in the area. It uses a single light bulb and we have a section of pale paper covering the interior of the basket to show off the filigree when the bulb is lit. It is possible that there may have been an art glass shade covering the light bulb. The basket is hinged and opens to change to the bulb. Newly rewired. Price: $1,250.00.





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