First look – new vintage lighting in the restoration workshop

First look at our new vintage lighting in the restoration workshop.

Greetings from the antiques department!

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek at some of the newest acquisitions in the Remains Lighting collection that I welcomed with David Calligeros last week. My favorite days at work are always the days when we get a big group of new-to-us vintage items. And even though he’s been doing this for many years, I’m pretty sure he feels the same way. How lucky am I to spend the day getting to play with some of the highest quality lighting designed by history’s top makers?

That said, it is hard work to unpack a pile of fragile glass, document everything, and figure out the best way to restore an item. But discovering all the little details of our light fixtures, especially when those details sparkle like this, is its own reward.

 

I was admiring the glass on one particular chandelier, taking note of how crisp the facets were, and wondered – were they hand polished? I flipped it over to measure it and caught this glimpse of silver:

It wasn’t just a quick flash –it appeared to be mirror instead of clear glass. I could see my reflection in it!

Here David is putting the glass onto the gilded frame — you can see his hand is reflected in the same way:

This glistening silver optic is one of the things I love most about mid-century European glass chandeliers.

Sometimes when pieces come to us they need extra attention before they’ll be ready to head to our showroom. But with a little imagination we can see their potential. With his amount of expertise, it’s great to be able to pick David’s brain and see his vision for what each piece will become once we’ve worked our restoration magic.

Even with a little dust and rust, we can still spot some interesting details on these, too. In the sea of chandeliers with crystal prisms we were very excited to see these bobeches with little chunks of crystal set in the sides:

I thought the way the these were connected by a single wire simply winding its way around the bobeche and holding the beads in place was very clever:

Sometimes it is the details that you never see that make a piece the most special.

Drop us a line if you’re interested in learning more about the details of these lights – we’re happy to share!

Explore the rest of our vintage collection here.

Jenna Major

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