Coco Chanel Toleware Chandelier
Materials: “Antique gold” painted brass and iron curved rods and corn. Gold painted metal chain and canopy. 5 waxed paper candles. 5 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Total Height: 80 cm / 31.49”
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
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: 1960s, 1970s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Honsel Leuchten, Fischer & Honsel GmbH, Graf-Gottfried-Straße 111, D-59755 Arnsberg, Germany.
Other versions: This Coco Chanel toleware chandelier exists with more or less light bulbs.
Honsel Leuchten was founded in 1833 as Gebrüder Wolff, today Fischer & Honsel GmbH. Fischer & Honsel GmbH bought Gebruder Wolff in 1959. This makes Honsel the oldest lighting company in the lighting city Neheim-Hüsten.
Honsel develops, produces and distributes decorative lighting until today. Honsel has an operational site of 32,000 m² (7.9 acres). The company employs about 100 people. The company merged with Fischer Leuchten from Sundern to form Fischer & Honsel GmbH.
Sheaf of wheat chandeliers
These type of toleware chandeliers were made for a very long time and by many companies. The original antiques uses real candles. Today you can find them new and also made in China. They are all gold painted or gilded.
Often said that the origin is French and the name Coco Chanel is mentioned often, but it is most likely Italian. Coco Chanel had a small table in this style in her apartment in the Rue Cambon in Paris, France in the early 1960s.
Often named “ear of corn chandeliers”, but corn is maize.
The German company Hans Kögl, founded in 1979, produces similar chandeliers with the same canopy today. Al their lamps are produced in Germany or Italy. Many of the early models are still in production. Another Germany company, Zicoli Leuchten, also sold them. You can also find them with labels from LS Italy, Banci Firenze, Wendlinger Leuchten, Massive and so on.