Art Deco Ceiling Light by Charles Schneider: ceiling cap and suspension
An absolutely stunning, ART DECO, CEILING LIGHT by CHARLES SCHNEIDER, FRANCE. The hexagonal ceiling cap, the flats cast with stylised flower heads, tapering to a cylindrical round, cast with overlapping pointy leaves and continues into a geometrical embossed waist. It then opens into a circular mouth embossed with panels of flower heads. From this emanate three, articulated, hexagonal tubes (one concealing the electrical power cable) which form the suspension to the circular, 35cm diameter, vivid “electric blue” light bowl. The upper rim of the bowl bears the cast mark SCHNEIDER FRANCE (model) 1027. Below the rim is a band of stepped triangles interspersed by circular ‘fish scales’. From these emanate geometric lightning bolts over stepped flats interspersed with stylised flower heads, towards the domed central hub where fish scales are repeated. Originally from a stylish 1920s Sydney residence, bought and sold by us 10 years ago and repurchased by us recently.
All original metal suspension etc. bronzed to bare metal colour; glass with age conforming minor nibbles. Total drop circa 80 cm. Charles Schneider and his brother Ernest were both working with glass in Nancy, the artistic centre of France, just after the turn of the C20th. In addition Charles also trained and worked with metal and painted.
They started a business together in 1913 when they bought a small glass factory but this was very soon interrupted by the outbreak of war. They reopened their factory after the war making the Art Nouveau designs which were still popular. They moved into Art Glass and employed all the newest designs and techniques which were developing at this time. The business grew quickly through the 1920s and they sold to the European market and exported to America. After the Wall Street crash of 1929 business dropped off significantly and, although it existed until the 1950s, it never regained the size and creativity which it had had through the 1920s when 500 people were in their employ.