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Glass Light Fitting in style of Pietro Chiesa, Australia c.1959



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Large, luminous, modernist lighting in fine condition. These fixtures produce lovely restful light without glare. This price is for one light. Two are available.

The slump glass technique with painted coating to the interior was used by Kempthorne in the late 1950s, however, Kempthorne usually printed their name on the top of the lamp, in a circle around the inner rim of the glass. A manufacturer's mark is absent in these lamps.

The top glass can be adjusted up and down the ceiling rod to any height. Rubber grommets which hold the ceiling cup and other moveable parts are in excellent pliable condition, no perishing or hardening at all.

These lamps have a simplicity of design that is remarkable for the period. The diamond-stippled glass on the underside is a style that was used extensively by the midcentury Italian lighting designer, Pietro Chiesa.
We therefore suggest these lights are based heavily on the work of Chiesa, dating to his period of work with the Italian glass company Fontana Arte during the mid to late 1950s. As usual in the midcentury period of Australian design, ideas were often hatched from the available images of design trends from Europe and America. These lights were probably Australian-made.

Designer Unknown
Condition In exceptional condition for their age. Original wiring in perfect working order. Each light contains three sockets and takes a standard bayonet fitting. The lights come with original screw-on ceiling fixture for ease of installation. We have included three energy efficient globes in each light. You will need to consult an electrician to meet current standards for installation.
Diameter 50 cm
Drop 56 cm