A French 1932/1935 art deco chandelier in nickel plated solid brass or bronze by the famous Paris based company of H. Petitot holding three large wonderful panels and three side-shades. The bronze maker Antonin Petitot started his company in 1878. His son Henri Petitot took over in 1917. In the early days of art deco they produced precious fixtures in high quality bronze with shades from the best french glass factories such as Muller freres.In the late 30's they changed their style and produced lights in a modernist look. To survive the depression their fixtures often became cheaper- partially done in pressed brass. These beautiful lamps often had opalescent shades in bluish semi-crystal by the Ezan glass company. The model chandelier I present was first made around 1931 and in the 5 years that followed Petitot made fixtures in several versions all holding these large panels in combination with this model side shade.
Both canopy and other parts of the mounting are marked with the usual Petitot initials AP for Antonin Petitot. The three panels are signed Petitot France. They were produced by Muller freres : they do exist unsigned as well and are also represented in the old Muller catalogues. For the side-shades Petitot chose a well known model Degué shade and ordered unsigned ones for his chandeliers. The chandelier has a drop of 88 cm (34-5/8") and a diameter of 60,5 cm (23-3/4").
The fixture has been replated and the lamp is newly wired. It holds 6 european E14 candelabra sockets. I will rewire it for the US Canada and Japan with US candelabra base sockets. B22 bayonet cap sockets for France the UK or Australia are optional as well. Check out over 300 other French art deco lamps in my shop.
Art deco lamps made in France were equiped with B22 bayonet sockets. For most countries like Europe or the US such sockets are practicaly impossible to use. For instance in the States 110 volt bulbs with B22 fitters are obscure, very hard to find and only one model bulb in very limited wattages is available. In spite of what sellers of unrestored pieces of poor quality claim in their ads when they offer lamps with bayonet caps sockets : except for the UK and Australia French chandeliers and lamps need to be rewired for your country. In order to fit Edison large or small screw base bulbs as used in the USA, B22 sockets have to be replaced by American candelabra base or standard/medium size Edison screw-in sockets.E14 and E27 are modern replacements for European countries. An additional complication is that the size thread used in early French lighting to connect the sockets to the chandelier mountings or lamp bases is not compatible with the modern size threads used in the USA and Europe. New American or European sockets do not just screw on to the old lamp fixtures.
In order to make it possible to use an original old French chandelier or lamp with modern screw bulb bases, a specialized restorer will have to re-tap the threads. All my cleaned and restored chandeliers, sconces and lamps come rewired with the correct sockets you will need to use modern bulbs in your country. The item "PETITOT signed FRENCH 1930 ART DECO CHANDELIER.Muller and degué shades" is in sale since Friday, January 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Chandeliers, Sconces & Lighting Fixtures". The seller is "paravas" and is located in Rotterdam. This item can be shipped worldwide.