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A Gaetano Sciolari Chandelier


When we purchased our home a 2 years ago we inherited two vintages pieces that bring out polarizing opinions from anyone who visits.  Some love the wrought iron piece above our fireplace while others hate it.


There is a signature on this piece that says “Levitt”.  In what looks to be silver Sharpie, but is probably silver paint.  I’ve not been able to locate any information on it, nor have I found one even remotely similar.

Some say our chandelier is wonderfully retro and others find it gaudy.


Personally, I’m not absolutely in love with either of them, but I don’t find them overly offensive either.  Which is why they’re both still prominently displayed 2+ years later.  I don’t think about them much — they’ve just become part of the landscape — but when I do, I’ve passively tried to research their beginnings.


Yesterday, while Googling “vintage + Lucite + brass + chandelier” (I swear for the hundredth time), I stumbled on Italian designer Gaetano Sciolari.  The masterpieces that caught my eye weren’t the same as ours, but they were similar enough that I jumped down the Google rabbit hole and started researching his lighting designs.  This is the design that caught my eye.



And then I found it.


Our chandelier.  Listed for $3,500.  A Gaetano Sciolari Chandelier.  And it’s not Lucite … its Italian crystal. Hot damn.


(I know I owe you a post on this fabulous china cabinet. We just picked it up last weekend and I am IN LOVE. I am also obsessed with finding new chairs for the table. OBSESSED.  I have so many ideas to share — hint: vintage + metal)

Anyway, not knowing our chandelier’s value I had been contemplating a variety of fixtures for above this space.  The Firefly II light at CB2 caught my eye.  I feel as though it would fill the space in this giant room a bit better than the Sciolari.  And I have a handsome gift card for Crate&Barrell/CB2/LandofNod so I’m still heavily leaning that way.


All I know is that we need a fixture with multiple bulbs — since the space is so vast it can easily feel too dark.  And I want it to be a statement piece so that it will draw your eye all the way across the room when you walk in.  At the same time I don’t want it to completely block any artwork we hang on the back wall like a saucer light would.

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(1) Popsugar (2) Apartment Therapy, original source unknown (3) Best of Interiors (4) Houzz (5) Euro Style Lighting (6) Modfrugal

And I just realized that almost all my picks are brass … interesting.

The last one is a DIY, which is tempting … but intimidating.  And you know as well as I do that I’d never get around to actually making it.  I can’t even get around to washing my hair most days.

My husband says sell it and I have to say I’m inclined to agree …

So, fine readers.  What would you do?


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

4 thoughts on “A Gaetano Sciolari Chandelier

  1. I firmly believe that if you don’t like something, you shouldn’t stuck with it just because it had value or history. Sell it, find something better suited to your family, and put any additional profit into those chairs you want.

  2. Thanks for the link! As much as I love Sciolari fixtures, if that one isn’t giving off enough light, and you don’t love it, the sputnik in #4 seems like it would look great in your space. That #3 Jonathan Adler Meurice fixture would be gorgeous for half of what you might get for the Sciolari. http://www.lumens.com/meurice-rectangular-chandelier-by-jonathan-adler-lighting-R289456.html?utm_term=&utm_medium=PLA&utm_source=google&kwid=productads-plaid^88981255311-sku^R289456-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^52293694311

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