Replica Art Deco chandelier

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Replica Art Deco chandelier in the Metro Theatre

A large 3 metre tall Art Deco chandelier designed by Georges Chevalier was the centrepiece light fixture of the Baccarat/Christofle pavilion at the 1925 "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes" in Paris.

 

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 (see photo below left). The Regent opened in 1926 and was demolished in 1990.

Lightweight Art Deco chandelier

David Wilson designed and built a lightweight replica (photo right) of the original chandelier for the foyer of the new Metro Theatre that opened across the road from the original Regent Theatre site on George Street in 1992.

 

Measurements were taken of the original Art Deco chandelier which had been dismantled and stored in a basement after its removal from the Regent Theatre. From this information construction drawings were drafted to build a replica. David made the basic structure and electrical wiring and supervised the stringing of the 1km of plastic beads in lieu of lead crystal. Once completed it was delivered to the Metro Theatre in three sections and installed into the foyer

 

Original Art Deco chandelier in the Regent Theatre Original Art Deco chandelier in the Baccarat Pavillion in Paris 1925
Original Baccarat Art Deco chandelier hanging in the foyer of the Regent Theatre The Baccarat/Christofle pavilion in 1925 at the Paris Exhibition (courtesy Lourve Library, Paris)

 

This unique Baccarat Art Deco chandelier is of world significance and was reassembled in 2009 and restored here in Sydney to prepare it for sale.

 

In December 2010, the chandelier was sold to an overseas buyer and left Australia for good. Who knows where and when it will turn up next?



As well as a replica Art Deco chandelier check out other past opera projects here.