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Exceptional Gilt Bronze Sunburst E.F. Caldwell Fixture c1904 Item # R4158
When you bask in the glow of this massive and remarkable light, consider the historical importance of Edward F. Caldwell's contributions to lighting design:
In 1902, with invitations sent for the first State Dinner in the newly restored State Dining Room, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Edward Caldwell to design lights worthy of the White House.
When the U.S. Senate committee gathered in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to discuss the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Caldwell was also present, again in the form of his astonishing lights.
As theater-goers took their seats in Radio City Music Hall, they were ushered along by the twinkling Art Deco lights of Caldwell's later career.
This enormous flush mount fixture dates from the height of Caldwell's popularity, and carries with it the starry elegance of his stylistic influence. Featuring 17-lights and weighing in at 110 pounds, this piece is comprised of 3 cast bronze starbursts and finished in Caldwell's signature gold-toned gilt. While the size and structure of this flush-mount suggest that it was created for commercial or public spaces, early editions of the tiered fixture can be traced to the 1904 residence of banking tycoon J.P. Morgan. Morgan was a staunch supporter of new technologies, and was a patron of both Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla. In fact, Morgan's 1904 home was the first private residence in the U.S. to be lit entirely by Edison electricity. With this in mind, it is no wonder that Morgan fell in love with Caldwell's remarkable design, which highlighted the radiating power of the greatest technological advance of the period: the light bulb.
Now for the practical considerations: in order to hang this fixture, we recommend contracting an electrician who is willing to create a custom installation program. The weight of the light requires a suitable mounting plate, which will need to be developed based on the location of application.
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- Historical Style: Baroque Revival
- Note: Fixture is 110lbs and will require custom installation by an electrician.
- Note: requires A15 size bulbs, as suggested below.
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