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Raak Chartres Wall Lamp

 

Condition: In excellent condition.

Materials: Metal frame, broken glass on reinforced glass, Bakelite socket.

Height: 34 cm – 13.38”

Depth: 14 cm – 5.51”

Width: 24 cm – 9.44”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E14 – 2 x 45 watt – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Willem van Oyen Sr. (1921-2004).

Manufacturer: Raak Amsterdam, Holland.

Other versions: Made in a few sizes and also made in green with 2 E27 bulbs.

Willem van Oyen Senior had a small factory that produced these lamps for Raak Amsterdam, known asBEVO glasindustrie“. They are all handmade and therefore slightly different. The Bevo company still exist today and is now owned by his son, Willem van Oyen Junior.

The Dutch company “Raak Amsterdam” was founded in 1954 by C.O. Lockhorn, a previous employee of Philips Lighting Eindhoven. Raak, which means “to hit” in Dutch, implies design which precisely “hits the nail on the head”. Raak Lighting is best known for their organic modern design of the 1970s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

Willem van Oyen Sr. at work in his factory “BEVO glasindustrie”.

Willem van Oyen senior

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These large brutalist wall lights were inspired by the stained glass windows of the famous Chartres Cathedral in France, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south-west of Paris.

The handmade glass art on these lights is the work of glass artist Willem van Oyen Sr. although there are several references on the internet attributing them to A. Lankhorst.
Lankhorst was an architect who used these lamps to decorate restaurant “Dijkstra” in Zwolle, The Netherlands, mentioned in the Raak Catalogue 7 from 1970 as you can see on the picture below.

Restaurant Dijkstra Zwolle - Raak Chartres Wall Lamps - Architekt A. Lankhorst Junior

Original Dutch text in the catalogues:

Smeltschilderijen
Chartres: zoals kerkramen gebrandschilderd zijn, zo zijn deze glasplastieken ‘gesmeltschilderd’. Op een basis van gewapend glas is een compositie kleurglas gesmolten. Geen twee plastieken zijn hetzelfde, maar ze zijn stuk voor stuk vitaal als een schilderij uit de Cobra-school…

C-1649 hoogte 37 cm, breedte 20 cm. sprong 12 cm, 2 lampen elk tot 75W, bij voorkeur helder.

English translation:

Melt paintings
Chartres: as church windows stained, so are these glass sculptures melt painted. On a base of reinforced glass is a composite colour glass melted. No two sculptures are the same, but they are all vital like a painting from the Cobra art school …

In the price list of January 1973 these lights were sold for 159 gulden, +- 80 euro.