Glass Drop Pendant Lamp
Materials: White opal glass droplet style lampshade. Conical teak wood top. Some metal parts. Bakelite or metal E27 lamp socket.
Cord: 120 cm / 47.24”
Height: 33,5 cm / 13.18”
Width: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: This glass drop pendant lamp exists in several colours.
This pendant lamp was sold by many companies. Among others: Louis Poulsen, Nordisk Solar, Philips, Lightcraft Of California. It was a big succes and was made for a very long time. Rotaflex made a very similar ribbed plastic pendant lamp.
This pendant lamp was made by Fyens Glasværk, part of Kastrup-Holmegaard Glasværker. For the moment it is unclear who designed this lamp. Please let us know through the contact form and help improve the websites exactitude.
Louis Poulsen & CO A/S is a Danish lighting manufacturer that was founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importing business. 4 years later the firm closed down. However, in 1892 Ludvig Poulsen opened his second business, this time selling tools and electrical supplies.
Two years later in 1896 his nephew Louis Poulsen started to work for the company. After the dead of Ludvig in 1906, Louis takes over the business.
In 1911 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes a partner in the firm and the name changes in Louis Poulsen & Co A/S. Six years later Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes the sole owner of the company.
The best known designers that worked for Louis Poulsen are Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Shoichi Uchiyama and many others.
The Holmegaard glass-works factory was founded around 1820 by Count Christian Danneskiold-Samsøe in the town of Holmegaard Mose (“Holmegaard Bog”), but he needed permission from the King of Denmark.
The Count died in 1823 without receiving an answer from the king. A short while after his dead, permission was granted and his wife Countess Henriette Danneskjold-Samsøe started the business. Production began in 1825.
In the beginning the company produced only green bottles, but within its first decade production was shifted on to table-glass.
During the 20th century, artists such as Jacob Eiler Bang (1899-1965) entered the equation, designing and shaping Holmegaard’s glass products. Designer Per Lütken(1916-98), and Jacob Bang’s son, Michael (1944-2002) joined the firm and brought it to what it is now: a well known company, famous for its high-quality products of Danish design.
Today Holmegaard is part of the Rosendahl Design Group.
A quintuple pendant chandelier was hanging in the house of the American actor and later president of the USA, Ronald Reagan. It appears in the 2020 documentary mini series The Reagans.
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