Pierre Laval & Jean Gauthier. French art deco chandelier in nickel plated solid brass or bronze holding 6 opalescent Ezan shades in bluish semi-crystal.
In the late 30's opalescent glasses became in fashion as a use for lighting. They show beautiful tones of milky blue or warm amber depending whether light falls on it or shines through. The chandelier was designed by or for Pierre Laval. A company in Lyon during the interbellum. Initially an import company of Bohemian glasses they expended making chandeliers and lamps in modern style read.
An almost identical chandelier is represented in one of my old Pierre Laval catalogs. Catalogs by the way that show that besides bohemian shades Laval frequently used Muler freres and Ezan shades for his chandelier fixtures. Jean Gauthier had his first workshop at 12-14 rue Jean Robert in Paris and later expended with factories in the town of Ezanville.
In the early days just after the first worldwar Gauthier made cameo shades that were sometimes signed. The plants in Ezanville were opened for the production of art deco glassware in moulded-pressed glass. Many art deco models are unsigned. Some are signed EJG for.
Gauthier based on the streetname of the first workshop. In the 30s Gauthier started a line of shades done in opalescent semi-crystal, mainly cups. Signature for Gauthier based on the city of the second plant.The chandelier is in excellent condition. They have a diameter of 22 cm. The mounting has been replated and patinated. The chandelier has a height of 67 cm (26-3/8).
The chandelier has a diameter of 71,5 cm. It now has european E14 sockets.
For the States I will place four US candelabra base ones. Check out over 300 other French art deco lamps in my shop.
Art deco lamps made in France were equiped with B22 bayonet sockets. For most countries like Europe or the US such sockets are practicaly impossible to use. For instance in the States 110 volt bulbs with B22 fitters are obscure, very hard to find and only one model bulb in very limited wattages is available. In spite of what sellers of unrestored pieces of poor quality claim in their ads when they offer lamps with bayonet caps sockets : except for the UK and Australia French chandeliers and lamps need to be rewired for your country.In order to fit Edison large or small screw base bulbs as used in the USA, B22 sockets have to be replaced by American candelabra base or standard/medium size Edison screw-in sockets. E14 and E27 are modern replacements for European countries. An additional complication is that the size thread used in early French lighting to connect the sockets to the chandelier mountings or lamp bases is not compatible with the modern size threads used in the USA and Europe. New American or European sockets do not just screw on to the old lamp fixtures. In order to make it possible to use an original old French chandelier or lamp with modern screw bulb bases, a specialized restorer will have to re-tap the threads. All my cleaned and restored chandeliers, sconces and lamps come rewired with the correct sockets you will need to use modern bulbs in your country. The item "LAVAL & GAUTHIER Ezan EJG FRENCH OPALESCENT ART DECO CHANDELIER. 1930 1935" is in sale since Friday, August 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Chandeliers, Sconces & Lighting Fixtures". The seller is "paravas" and is located in Rotterdam. This item can be shipped worldwide.