A large 3 metre tall Art Deco chandelier designed by Georges Chevalier was the centrepiece of the Baccarat/Christofle pavilion at the 1925 “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris. The design was based on fountains of water which was a motif of the exhibition.
The Art Deco chandelier was sold after the exhibition and sent to Australia where it was installed in the foyer of the Regent Theatre in George Street, Sydney. The Regent opened in 1926 and was demolished in 1990. The chandelier was dismantled and stored in cardboard boxes in a basement in Sydney. There it remained for 20 years until it was re-assembled in July 2009 to prepare it for sale.
Regent Art Deco chandelier sold
In December 2010 the Art Deco chandelier was sold to a buyer in Paris and left Australia for good. The chandelier is of world significance and hopefully its whereabouts will not remain a secret for too long so it may once again be admired. A full size replica was built in 1992 for the Metro Theatre in George Street, Sydney. Infomation on that Art Deco chandelier can be found here.