Gaetano Sciolari Lens Chandelier
Materials: Many massive brass rods and parts. 42 crystal glass discs. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 82 cm / 32.28”
Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.59”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 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: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Sciolari, Milan and Rome, Italy.
Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari lens chandelier exist in a smaller version. Also wall lights exists. This one weighs 10 kilo, 22lb. Also made in brass and with cut glass beads on a string. Completely made in the Oscar Torlasco style.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; of course it was the space age.
In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari created lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
Chandeliers in the same “optic” style were also produced by Palwa from Germany, Esperia, Achille Salvagni, Fontana Arte (Max Ingrand), Italy. Jean Perzel, France. To name a few.