Inside the Baccarat/Christofle pavillion, 1925
(courtesy Lourve Library, Paris)
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.
Hanging in a Sydney basement in 2009
The chandelier hanging in the foyer of the Regent Theatre
Baccarat/Christofle pavillion at the 1925 Paris exhibition
The Regent Theatre Art Deco chandelier was the only Art Deco feature in the Regent Theatre.
Regent Theatre Art Deco chandelier
The Art Deco chandelier that was salvaged from the demolition of Sydney’s Regent Theatre in 1990 has an interesting history. The Art Deco chandelier was made by Baccarat and was the centrepiece of their pavillion at the 1925 “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris. This important exhibition was the birth of the Art Deco movement and, as a result, makes the chandelier of world significance and a unique piece of Art Deco history.
Art Deco chandelier in pieces
Stored in pieces for many years in cardboard boxes in a basement in Sydney it was recently reassembled to prepare it for sale. In December 2010 it was sold to a buyer in Paris and the chandelier left Australia for good. More details and photos of the chandelier can be found on this page.
Further background information about the Art Deco chandelier and its lightweight replica can be found here.