Vintage Art Deco "martele" Modernizer Shade & Fitter By Consolidated Glass Co.
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Vintage Art Deco "martele" Modernizer Shade & Fitter By Consolidated Glass Co.:
Vintage Art Deco or Art Nouveau glass "modernizer" shade
with hard-to-find matching glass fitter shade.The glass is a soft, frosted lilac color—
somewhere in between a lavender and a pink.Both the large modernizer shade the smaller fitter shade are in excellent condition,
with no chips, cracks, color loss, or other flaws.The modernizer shade measures 11 1/4 inches in diameter by about 3 inches tall.
The fitter shade is 4 1/4 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide across the bottom lip;
the fitter opening at the top is 2 1/4 inches across.The larger modernizer shade has three glass prongs on the inside that
fit into three corresponding notches in the fitter shade;
you place the prongs into the notches in the fitter shade
and then twist the fitter to lock the shades together.I do not have the light fixture these shades originally came with,
but they will work with any fixture with a 2.25" shade fitter—
whether it's a flush-mount ceiling fixture or a hanging pendant fixture.These shades were designed by Reuben Haley forthe famedConsolidated Glass Company
as part of its "Martele" line in 1928.A little history of this line,
courtesy of the Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors Club website:"Designer of three of the most extensive lines of Art Deco glassware
ever to be produced in the United States, Reuben Haley created the Martele ...
line for the Consolidated Glass Company's Art Glassware Division from 1926-1933.Prior to that time, Reuben Haley had spent all his life in the glass industry.
Born in 1872, he was in the words of his obituary, taken from a glass industry journal,
"one of the best known glass designers in the country ...
was unquestionably one of the most prolific men in his particular field.
Few have given the industry so many original designs as he.
He was one of the very few designers in the country
who first modeled all their designs in clay;
for he was a sculptor as well as a designer and metal worker."This last mention of the way Haley produced the molds for his designs is the key to
understanding the fortuitous combination which was to produce such amazing glassware.
A talented designer using the 'cast figure mould' process,
incredible 'color' men who mixed the glass batches,
and gifted mould makers all combined to produce
some of the most original and technically sophisticated glassware of the 20th century.It is undeniable that the motifs and glass treatments of Rene Lalique
were the main inspiration for the Martele line.
The Martele line offers the best of Lalique's French Art Nouveau motifs,
made right here in the good ole U.S of A.
It is highly collectible today and has recently started to be seen in
some of the better 20th century specialist sale houses in the country.
This line of glassware met with commercial and critical success. It was highly popular."
I'm listing lots of great vintage lighting this week—
including a similar Consolidated Martele shade made for a three-chain ceiling fixture.