Barovier Mattonella Chandelier, Italy c.1950
Perfect for smaller apartments and lower ceilings, this chandelier is designed to completely hide the light source within and to cling quite closely to the ceiling, with a relatively short drop of 40cm.
The bricks that form this lovely chandelier are like slabs of ice that that you might find on the surface of a frozen pond. A conceptually adventurous and brilliantly executed design by the house of Barovier, from the late 1940s or early 1950s.
The chandelier consists of glass bricks or 'mattonella' arranged on a white enamelled iron frame. The bricks hang on the frame in two tiers, fixed by a set of brass rods and screw caps. The glass ceiling cup is held in place on the stem by a brass ring and screw.
Three B22 (standard boyonet) globes are hidden behind a glass base plate. This is fixed to the frame on a threaded rod, finished with a brass band and glass finial.
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