Here is another Murano glass chandelier I’d like you to appraise. The glass rods are thicker than the ones on the chandelier I previously submitted. There are 8 bulbs.
This lighting piece is obviously made by the same designer, and although at this time we don’t know who that is, here are a few things we can know.
While it’s a beautiful vintage mid-century murano glass chandelier, it’s nowhere near as grand as the one I appraised for you prior. This one is in the mid-century style, but it does not really have enough going on to appeal to the sputnik purists who favor longer appendages which will throw a much different light.
One factor in it’s favor is although it’s lower priced, it should be easier to display, pack and therefore possibly sell. This means it could quite possibly be an easy sell in the wholesale range as dealers like things that are easy to mount, dis-mount, ship and deliver.
Another nice thing here is that you have a pair of these and if you find the right designer or homeowner, selling them as a package could be beneficial.
House was built 1979, we purchased 2012, but not sure how long they have been here. All bulbs work and have spare rods. 24″ diameter likely. Rods are triangular…maybe 1/2″ side dimensions.
AW says: This is an excellent example of a “Sputnik” chandelier. So named for the form of the Soviet space satellite Sputnik 1 which was the first artificial space satellite ever launched into orbit in 1957.
Not long after the launch, much of the world quickly became enchanted with the satellite and it soon began showing up in designs and fashion in just about every medium.
Of course lighting was a natural fit for Sputnik designs and it is still used today.
You did not mention a signature or makers’ mark on you fixture, but the triangular shape of the glass rods tells me it’s most likely a Murano Glass Rods Sputnik Chandelier. Although it may have been assembled somewhere else.
As noted above, there are a lot of Sputnik lighting forms, but the subject here is in the upper class due to it’s elegant glass rods. The reflection quality of these is much greater than those with metal rods.
This was my parents chandler, they have both passed, we are trying to get it apprised. They got it back in the early 70’s, mom passed dad got remarried and got a smaller one, which is staying with the house
We found it in a box all wrapped up, it took up 3 hrs to put it together!
I do have pics of it lighted if you need to see
Thank you Teresa
AW says: That’s a beautiful contemporary chandelier. It’s most likely American made as per the pewter arms, but the look is European baroque style. Your’s looks to be in excellent condition. Among the signs of value are the amount of cut crystal beads, a nice pewter finish and 6 arms.
Retail value: $750-$900 (Keep in mind this price is for used retail, not new retail)