Jacques Adnet - Design New York Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • The March 1930 issue of L’Art Vivant illustrated five of Jacques Adnet’s ceiling light designs—including the present model—made with exposed frosted tubular bulbs mounted in nickel-plated metal supports. Praising these works, the author of the article noted, “The forms are graceful and reserved, the sparkle clear, the design rational. And they have no doubt not finished reinventing the combinations.” Adnet’s lighting designs were groundbreaking at the time not only for their modernist forms and use of metal but also for the choice to show exposed bulbs as opposed to diffused light.


    Illustration from L’Art Vivant, 1929. Artwork: © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 


    • Literature

      "Éclairages," Art et Industrie, January 1929, p. 30
      Guillaume Janneau, Le Luminaire et les moyens d'éclairages nouveaux, 2ème série, 1930, pl. 1
      Ernest Tisserand, "Chronique de l'art décoratif," L'Art Vivant, March 1930, p. 252
      Alain-René Hardy and Gaëlle Millet, Jacques Adnet, Paris, 2009, p. 246

Property of a Private Collector, New York


Rare ceiling light

circa 1929
Nickel-plated metal, glass.
40 in. (101.6 cm) drop, 28 3/4 diameter
Produced by La Compagnie des Arts Français, Paris, France.

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$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $69,300

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New York Auction 7 December 2021