An Early 20thC Holophane Prismatic Glass Pendant Light c.1913

Origin: English
Period: Early 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1913
Diameter: 9.75” the bowl
Height: 8” including gallery

The patinated brass and parallel ribbed frosted glass hanging prismatic pendant light, by Holophane, with the original hanging gallery with dark brown fabric flex, the whole surviving from the first quarter of twentieth century England.

The light fitting is in very good and original condition. The whole does not suffer from losses, cracks or restoration baring some slight frits and with a good aged patination to the brass. The gallery is marked Holophane and with the registration number of 615447 dating it to around 1913. Its style of course very much of the ilk that would have gone down with the Titanic a year earlier.

The term "Holophane" is used generically to describe clear molded glass or crystal shades and globes with parallel or crosscut prisms. Vintage Holophanes (circa 1890s-1950s) are outstanding examples of mid-twentieth century industrial art. The crisp clean lines create a beautiful glow when illuminated. Holophane glass was invented in the 1890s and was made in many shapes, sizes and patterns to provide specific types of illumination.  The Holophane Company was founded by Otis Mygatt in 1896 in London to manufacture "illuminating appliances."

In very original and clean condition this is a nice early example of a much-loved light fitting.