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Oswald Haerdtl Brass and Crystal Glass Chandelier for Lobmeyr Austria, 1955

US$14,245.41

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A rare chandelier by Oswald Haerdtl for Lobmeyr, Austria, 1955 in brass and crystal glass. The lamp has 16 candelabra E14 sockets Measures: Diameter 70 cm, height 45 cm. Good until very good condition. Oswald Haerdtl became known as one of the most creative artists of all, as an all-rounder who devoted himself with the greatest dedication to furniture design and the design of other utensils, as well as to his building tasks as an architect in Vienna. He claimed to design everything down to the smallest detail, which he took with him from Josef Hoffmann's Wiener Werkstätte. His work ranged from glasses and porcelain (e.g. for the glass-company Lobmeyr Wien), furniture design and home furnishings such as lighting, to decorations and honorary decorations. In 1934 and 1937 he received the Gold Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria, as well as the State Prize for Architecture in 1937 and the Prize of the City of Vienna for Architecture in 1948 Oswald Haerdtl was born in Vienna in 1899, where he spent most of his life. After completing secondary school, he attended the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt, did an apprenticeship as a carpenter and finally in 1921 he graduated at the Kunstgewerbeschule with masters Kolo Moser (painting), Josepf Frank, R.Larisch and Oskar Strnad (architecture). Many years followed in the well-known studio of Joseph Hoffmann, where he developed from assistant (1922) to companion (1932-1938). From 1935 he also worked as a professor at the Kunstgewerbeschule Vienna and opened his own studio in 1939. In addition to many excellent works of architecture, e.g. his diploma thesis "Haus auf Pylonen" (1921) or the Austria Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris (1937) and the representative rooms of the Federal Chancellery in Vienna (1948), he also devoted himself to the design of furnishings in the 1950s. He created whole atmospheres in the rooms, e.g. the coffee houses. In August 1959 he died early and surprisingly of a heart attack.

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J.L Lobmeyr

The venerable Austrian firm J. & L. Lobmeyr is one of the world’s premier glassware makers and purveyors, noted especially for its lighting and tableware designs. Headquartered in Vienna, Lobmeyr has won numerous illustrious commissions in its nearly two centuries in business, including the chandeliers for the Hapsburg monarchy’s Schönbrunn Palace, the Lincoln Center home of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Lobmeyr is still family owned and managed. The company was founded by glass trader Josef Lobmeyr in 1823. It thrived during the long tenure of his son Ludwig, who built a network of manufacturers and artisanal workshops in Bohemia—central Europe’s revered glass-making region, now part of the Czech Republic—and earned imperial patronage. (He also collaborated with Thomas Edison to create the first electric chandelier, in 1883.) His nephew, Stefan Rath, who took over as head of Lobmeyr in 1917, introduced modernist design to the company repertoire, contracting with designers such as Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Otto Prutscher and Michael Powolny to create tableware. Lobmeyr has never been married to a dominant in-house design type. The firm has produced chandeliers and sconces in styles as various as neo-Baroque, Rococo, neoclassical (or Louis XVI), Art Nouveau, minimalist and “sputnik” mid-century modern. As you will see from the offerings available on these pages, Lobmeyr can bring a sense of grandeur suitable to any décor.
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