1950s Sputnik Chandelier
Materials: 6 brass curved arms. Black painted aluminium conical tube. Iron connector plate for the arms. Conical plastic lamp-holder decoration. Brass rod. Arrow-head below. Black painted aluminium canopy. Some brass parts and decoration. Brass and porcelain sockets.
Total Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: 70 cm / 27.55”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. But because it gives spreads light, it is wise to use frosted or opaque light bulbs.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Many forms, sizes and interpretations.
The sockets and probably also the wiring is made in Italy. Not a single similar chandelier or ceiling light found when this article was written and the years before, anywhere. No label present.
The earliest design of these chandeliers dates back from the 1950s, when the Soviets launched their Sputnik 1 satellite into orbit (1957): the space age.
The light bulbs used for this configuration are Girard Sudron GS20 Flame light bulbs from the 1980s. Girard Sudron is a French company founded in 1984 and located in Paris and today the market leader of the Filament LED lamp. They are specialized in decorative flame lamps. many of them based on older designs, such as these.