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Italian Family of Chandeliers and Sconces

April 20, 2009

In Connecticut Joe and I found a damaged sconce arm dating from the 17th century.  Through all its rust, you could see that it had once been heavily plastered and gilded, but now it was just a derelict piece of iron.  We paid a pittance for it.  Back in his studio Joe re-scaled the curve and created a back plate for the first version, which was the five-arm sconce.

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The standard three-arm sconce and the standard five-arm, both in chalk rust finish.
(The red frame means it’s part of our Quick Ship Program!)

The sconces quickly morphed into chandeliers also. The English designer Nina Campbell hangs our Italian chandelier in her own bedroom, and every time she’s moved, it’s moved with her.  How cool!

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The standard 12-arm and also the standard nine-arm, both in the chalk rust finish.
(It’s on Quick Ship)                                                                  (It’s on Quick Ship)

The Italian Sconce premiered in a Virginia showhouse that brought us national publicity. Washington, DC designer Frank Babb Randolph collaborated with Joe to create this room. Our Roman Garden Table was specially designed just for this project, and all these designs have gone on great sales.

(c)1990 Gordon Beall

Here is the Italian Sconce in the second ad Niermann Weeks ever published. The sconces frame our Harewood Mirror.


The graceful curves of the Italians chandeliers and sconces let you look right through them , and they expose a volume of open space.  They are perfect to hang in foyers with staircases that wrap around.  The viewer can look into and through our fixture, seeing its beautifully decorated shape. We consider our lighting as architectural jewelry that must look perfect from every angle.  Using a dimmer allows the user to vary the light from pleasingly dim to as bright as an operating theatre.

The Italian design customizes perfectly for our clients’ needs, from an overall height of on the left of 54″ to a high of only 22″ on the right.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2009 10:23 am

    Great post – the Italian chandelier in one of my favorites. I have a friend who built a house last year, and the dining room was specifically designed with the Italian chandelier in mind (it looks beautiful in the room).

    I love the tidbit about Nina Campbell having an Italian chandelier in her own bedroom!

  2. April 21, 2009 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the feedback! Any chance your friend would let me see a photo of her dining room? I hardly ever get to see one of our designs in a finished home.

  3. Karen Danek permalink
    June 27, 2009 11:18 pm

    I am enamored with this 9-lght chandelier by Niermann Weeks. How and where can I order one??


  4. Chris permalink
    July 22, 2009 4:11 am

    Is there anyway for me to see a picture of the Harewood mirror and what is below it? I have had the incredible good fortune of having the 12 arm Italian Chandelier as well as the mirror passed down to me.; I too have had the fixture in 2 homes! I’d love the sconces but am quite certain they are out of my budget but one can still dream! They look fabulous framing the Harwood.


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