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DORIA Cascading Snowball Chandelier

Materials: Chromed metal (iron) rods & parts. Big round white painted metal canopy. 4 hand blown embossed double layered crystal glass globe “snowball” lampshades. 4 metal E14 sockets.

Cord Length: 130 cm /51.19” – adjustable

Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.72”

Glass Globes: 1 x ∅ 20 / 7.87”, 1 x ∅ 17 / 6.69”, 2 x ∅ 14 / 5.51”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E14, 4 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s  – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

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

Other versions: This DORIA cascading snowball chandelier exists as a single pendant lamp. Made as chandeliers with 3, 5, 8 pendants. Also made as a big pendant lamp. Made in chromed metal or brass. Wall lamps and table lamps were also produced. Also made with different glass; clear glass and smoked brown glass. The smallest globes in this “snowball” design were used for all sorts of chandeliers and flush mounts, even a sputnik version was made.


DORIA-WERK, DORIA-Werk – Beleuchtungsglas – Beleuchtungskörper orDoria-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

Klaus Slama designed several lamps for DORIA: The DORIA mushroom table lamp is one of them.

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.


Snowball flush mount

1960s snowball chandelier

Glass globes cascading chandelier

Pumpkin cascade pendant chandelier

Croco-ice cascade chandelier

Other DORIA lamps

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.