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DORIA Cascading Pendant Chandelier

Materials: 5 crystal clear hand blown curved embossed glass lampshades with chrome parts. Chromed metal tubes and parts (brass and iron). Metal E27 sockets.

Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’ – adjustable

Lampshades: 20 x 20 cm / 7.87 x 7.87”

Width: ∅ 50 cm / 14.17”

Electricity: 5 bulbs E27, 5 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: DORIA-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth, Germany.

Other versions: This DORIA cascading pendant chandelier was made as a single pendant lamp and chandeliers with 3, 5 or 8 pendants. Also made as a big pendant lamp. Made in chromed metal or brass. Wall lamps were also produced. This lamp is model 4269 856, as labelled.

The glass parts of this lamp are 16,5 x 6.5 cm. They are 4 cm thick, slightly curved and matted on the inside.


DORIA-WERK, DORIA-Werk – Beleuchtungsglas – Beleuchtungskörper or Doria-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG was founded after the Second World War in Fürth, near Nürnberg, Germany in 1948. The name changed over the years. The internal design team was named DORIA-Studio. The company is often named Doria Leuchten.

DORIA no longer exists. The firm was declared bankrupt in 1986.

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DORIA-Werkstätten Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG won several other iF-Design Awards. You can find them over here: IF-Design Awards DORIA Werk.

Designers that worked for DORIA:

Wilhelm Braun Feldweg (1908-1998)
In 1965 he designed the table lamps Avus, Berlin-Serie, Modell 101.
Wikipedia Wilhelm Braun Feldweg.
Wilhelm Braun Feldweg website: bf-Design

Wolfgang Tümpel (1903-1978)
Wikipedia Wolfgang Tümpel

Richard Essig – Often said that he designed lamps for DORIA, but it was a wholesale company that bought, among other things, old stocks. Essig sold lamps made by Staff, Disderot, Massive and several other companies, labelled with Richard Essig – Besigheim. You will never find a lamp attributed to Essig with a DORIA label.


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Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.