Chandelier, Greene and Greene (1894–1916), Mahogany, ebony, and leaded glass, American

Chandelier

Maker:
Greene and Greene (1894–1916)
Maker:
Charles Sumner Greene (1869–1957)
Maker:
Henry Mather Greene (1870–1954)
Date:
1907–9
Geography:
Made in Pasadena, California, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, ebony, and leaded glass
Dimensions:
H. 28 1/2 in. (72.4 cm); Diam. 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barton C. English, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.445
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 744
The Robert R. Blacker House in Pasadena, California was the first and largest of the "ultimate bungalows" designed by the California architect-designers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. This chandelier in the shape of an open lantern is one of the six shades from the living room of the Blacker House. Designed by Greene and Greene, the panels of lighting fixture were made by Emil Lange (who had previously worked for Tiffany Studios). Abstracted water lilies and leaves in a palette of cream, green, and brown are asymmetrically arranged to reflect Japanese influence. Surrounding the leaded glass are delicately curving ribs that terminate in a modified C-scroll. Greene and Greene design is characterized by spare, understated, and elegant forms with subtle decoration.
Robert R. Blacker, Pasadena, California, after 1909; Mr. and Mrs. Barton C. English, Stonewall, Texas, until 1986