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Calla Flowers Chandelier

Materials: Brass curved rods and parts. Black coloured brass. Slightly ribbed white acrylic, pleated into a calla flower model. Brass ornamental screws. Some metal parts. White Bakelite sockets.

Rod length: 75 cm / 29.52”

Width: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”

Lampshades: 20 x 10 cm / 7.87 x 3.93”

Electricity: 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s, 1960s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: This calla flowers chandelier exists in all probability in several variations. It was probably also made as a wall lamp.

Chandeliers decorated with flowers is of all times. Brass and acrylic chandeliers started to appear in the 1950s in this form. They were made for several years. This chandelier has no markings or label whatsoever, unfortunately,  but it was acquired in Germany. 

The leaves and the bottom plate are blackened. There are many ways to do that, most of them are chemical. Sodium polysulfide and ammonia are often used. Some people create the black colour with Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid. It contains sodium bisulfite and other sulphur derivatives. 

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

Calla flowers chandelier brass curved rods black leaves white acrylic lampshades 1950s 1960s MCM Mid-Century Modern

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.