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Brass & crystal glass chandelier
Gaetano Sciolari Domino Chandelier
Materials: Geometric chandelier made of brushed brass slats and chromed metal (iron) rods and tubes. 9 clear crystal glass chalices and 20 crystal glass buds. Chrome round canopy and rod. 9 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Total Height (with rod): 110 cm / 43.30”
Height: 45 cm / 17.71”
Width: ∅ 71 cm / 27.95”
Electricity: 9 bulbs E14, 9 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Sciolari, Milan and Rome, Italy.
Other versions: This Gaetano Sciolari Domino chandelier exists in several variations. They were made with more or less light bulbs and also wall lamps were made. Made with a chrome rod or a chain. Also made without the glass buds below as you can see in the Progress Lighting catalogue.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Gaetano 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 1950’s were Sputnik inspired pendants; of course it was the space age.
In the 1960’s 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, Ecolight and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Metalarte (Spain), 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.
Gaetano Sciolari Domino Chandelier – Progress Lighting 1978 Catalogue
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm. Many thanks to Arnaud from Vintiques for the help.