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Silver & Gold 7-Light “Ambassador” Deco Chandelier, c1935
via Rejuvenation

If you live someplace worthy of this lamp, I envy you.

Here’s info on this vintage beauty:

"In Tune with the Modern Trend. Here is a design that harmonizes with the average home of today," states Sears about their Ambassador series in their 1936 Lightmaster catalog of residential lighting. This fixture, model 20 N 5856, would probably have been considered Empire by the style mavens of the day. While Sears generally contracted with independent lighting manufacturers for their distributed lines - some were sold by many different dealers - this line is noted as being "Sold exclusively by Sears."

"Shaded lights" were the hot trend from about 1930 through 1935, before Streamline style and cup-shade fixtures moved center stage. Inspired by French examples and featuring individual glass slip or slipper shades at each light bulb that were typically unique to specific body designs, these fixtures generally offer direct illumination of the ceiling above while casting a warm and intimate light on the area below - often a living room or a dining room table. These fixtures were usually designed in named families or series, with a range of different lengths, lights, colors and applications available.

Price: $1,450. 

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Markel 5-Light Chandelier w/Traditional Styling, c1932
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This one sort of reminds me of a four-winged bat roosting. And gilded.

Here’s info on this vintage beauty:

A beautiful and tastefully restrained shaded light that mixes gentle Art Deco influences with more traditional motifs for a look that is very flexible and works in different types of settings. We are attributing this fixture to Markel Electric Products of Buffalo due to a casting being marked M.E.P., but haven’t found it in any of our Markel catalogs.

"Shaded lights" were the hot trend from about 1930 through 1935, before Streamline style and cup-shade fixtures moved center stage. Inspired by French examples and featuring individual glass slip or slipper shades at each light bulb that were typically unique to specific body designs, these fixtures generally offer direct illumination of the ceiling above while casting a warm and intimate light on the area below - often a living room or a dining room table. These fixtures were usually designed in named families or series, with a range of different lengths, lights, colors and applications available.

Price: $1,100. 

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La Salle Art Deco 3-Light 3500 Series Pendant, c1930
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Another “slipper shade” lamp, with bonus, a catalog page from the 30s.

Here’s info on this vintage beauty:

We don’t know much about the La Salle Metal Arts Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., but this fixture is shown in their 3500 Series in a 1931 Electrical Supply Company (Esco) catalog in our archive. Interestingly, one of the castings in this fixture is marked M.E.P. - the initials of Markel Electric Products. Markel was also based in Buffalo, so there may have been a relationship between the two companies. Certainly the styling and quality are very similar to Markel, whose affordable fixtures were very widely distributed - classic cast metal design with gentle modernistic detail adaptable to many different settings and simple tinted slip shades that are easy on the eyes.

"Shaded lights" were the hot trend from about 1930 through 1935, before Streamline style and cup-shade fixtures moved center stage. Inspired by French examples and featuring individual glass slip or slipper shades at each light bulb that were typically unique to specific body designs, these fixtures generally offer direct illumination of the ceiling above while casting a warm and intimate light on the area below - often a living room or a dining room table. These fixtures were usually designed in named families or series, with a range of different lengths, lights, colors and applications available.

Price: $900. 

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Stunning 5-Light “Soleure” or “Brown Tip” Chandelier, c1932via Rejuvenation
I agree with the use of “stunning” to describe this.
Here’s info on this vintage beauty:

One of the most admired and sought after of all shaded light designs, the series popularly known as the “Brown Tip” family was well-made from quality materials, expertly finished, and features outstanding Art Deco styling. This series was originally called the Soleure line and was made Mid-West Chandelier Company of Kansas City, Mo. Sometimes sold under different names, in a c1932 distributor catalogue from Garfield-Elliott in our archive, it is called the Jewel Bronze Line and its virtues are extolled: “Stimulating in its beauty. Restful and decorative in its lighting. You will treasure this beautiful masterpiece with as warm an affection as you do any of your furnishings.” Need we say more?
"Shaded lights" were the hot trend from about 1930 through 1935, before Streamline style and cup-shade fixtures moved center stage. Inspired by French examples and featuring individual glass slip or slipper shades at each light bulb that were typically unique to specific body designs, these fixtures generally offer direct illumination of the ceiling above while casting a warm and intimate light on the area below - often a living room or a dining room table. These fixtures were usually designed in named families or series, with a range of different lengths, lights, colors and applications available.

Price: $3,500. 

Stunning 5-Light “Soleure” or “Brown Tip” Chandelier, c1932
via Rejuvenation

I agree with the use of “stunning” to describe this.

Here’s info on this vintage beauty:

One of the most admired and sought after of all shaded light designs, the series popularly known as the “Brown Tip” family was well-made from quality materials, expertly finished, and features outstanding Art Deco styling. This series was originally called the Soleure line and was made Mid-West Chandelier Company of Kansas City, Mo. Sometimes sold under different names, in a c1932 distributor catalogue from Garfield-Elliott in our archive, it is called the Jewel Bronze Line and its virtues are extolled: “Stimulating in its beauty. Restful and decorative in its lighting. You will treasure this beautiful masterpiece with as warm an affection as you do any of your furnishings.” Need we say more?

"Shaded lights" were the hot trend from about 1930 through 1935, before Streamline style and cup-shade fixtures moved center stage. Inspired by French examples and featuring individual glass slip or slipper shades at each light bulb that were typically unique to specific body designs, these fixtures generally offer direct illumination of the ceiling above while casting a warm and intimate light on the area below - often a living room or a dining room table. These fixtures were usually designed in named families or series, with a range of different lengths, lights, colors and applications available.

Price: $3,500. 

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RoomFrom Ensembles mobiliers (1925) via NYPL
Room from Ensembles mobiliers. Don’t know what kind of room this is (living room? waiting room?) but it’s definitely a room I’d like to hang out in.
Caption: “Hall, Maurice Matet, décorateur, édité par le Studium Louvre”
About the Book

Published in conjunction with the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes — the 1925 Paris exposition considered the blast-off point for Art Deco and later the origin of term — Ensembles mobiliers (translation: Furniture sets) is filled with the very latest, most stylish ideas in contemporary interior design. Here are laid out templates for a style that would take the world by storm, from dining rooms to Hollywood musical sets to public spaces.

Room
From Ensembles mobiliers (1925) via NYPL

Room from Ensembles mobiliers. Don’t know what kind of room this is (living room? waiting room?) but it’s definitely a room I’d like to hang out in.

Caption: “Hall, Maurice Matet, décorateur, édité par le Studium Louvre

About the Book

Published in conjunction with the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes — the 1925 Paris exposition considered the blast-off point for Art Deco and later the origin of term — Ensembles mobiliers (translation: Furniture sets) is filled with the very latest, most stylish ideas in contemporary interior design. Here are laid out templates for a style that would take the world by storm, from dining rooms to Hollywood musical sets to public spaces.

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Woman’s BedroomFrom Ensembles mobiliers (1925) via NYPL
Woman’s bedroom from Ensembles mobiliers. Looks straight out of a 1930s movie to me. Picture Garbo or Harlow or Rogers sitting at that dressing table. Also: Check out the polar bear rug. Like I said, animal skins were really popular in the 1920s.
Caption: “Chambre de dame, Maurice Dufrêne, décorateur, édité par la Maîtrise des Galeries Lafayette”
About the Book

Published in conjunction with the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes — the 1925 Paris exposition considered the blast-off point for Art Deco and later the origin of term — Ensembles mobiliers (translation: Furniture sets) is filled with the very latest, most stylish ideas in contemporary interior design. Here are laid out templates for a style that would take the world by storm, from dining rooms to Hollywood musical sets to public spaces.

Woman’s Bedroom
From Ensembles mobiliers (1925) via NYPL

Woman’s bedroom from Ensembles mobiliers. Looks straight out of a 1930s movie to me. Picture Garbo or Harlow or Rogers sitting at that dressing table. Also: Check out the polar bear rug. Like I said, animal skins were really popular in the 1920s.

Caption: “Chambre de dame, Maurice Dufrêne, décorateur, édité par la Maîtrise des Galeries Lafayette

About the Book

Published in conjunction with the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes — the 1925 Paris exposition considered the blast-off point for Art Deco and later the origin of term — Ensembles mobiliers (translation: Furniture sets) is filled with the very latest, most stylish ideas in contemporary interior design. Here are laid out templates for a style that would take the world by storm, from dining rooms to Hollywood musical sets to public spaces.

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