Rare Austrian backlit mirror by Lobmeyr, Vienna. Lobmeyr is one of Europe’s oldest glassmaking firms, and of the most prominent as well. The company was already founded in 1823 in Vienna by Joseph Lobmeyr. But when his sons Joseph jr. and Ludwig took over leadership in 1855 business really got off. By 1860 the company became an official Purveyor to the Imperial (Habsburg) Court. In 1882 Lobmeyr collaborated with Thomas Alva Edison to install the world’s first electric chandlier in the Viennese Hofburg. Schönbrunn and other royal palaces across Europe would soon follow. Lobmeyer was not only commited to technological innovation but to contemporary design as well. The company co-founded both the Austrian Museum of Applied Art (MAK) and the Austrian Werkbund. Among the members of the latter organization, Lobmeyr encountered a number of very gifted designers who would greatly contribute to the image of the company in 20th century. To name a few: Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Michael Powolny, Otto Prutscher and Oswald Haerdtl. In the second half of the 20th century Lobmeyr managed to retain it’s eminent position in the field of art glass manufacturing by securing commissions from well known clients like The Viennese Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, The Kennedy Center and The Kremlin. The decorative mirror on offer was designed and executed in the 1950s.
The oval shaped mirror is framed in brass and decorated with delicately cut crystal beads. The mirror is mounted on a six light fixture which is attached to the wall.
Dimensions: height 25.6 in. (65 cm), width 17.7 in. (45 cm), depth 3.1 inches (8 cm). Beautiful condition. Small Edison screw (SES), (E17 14-17 mm) max 40 watt, the electric parts are used but in a good state, approved to European standards. Works in the USA.
Easy to mount on the wall: Attach the back plate with the lights to the wall with four screws. Attach the mirror to the outer edge with the two small hooks. Hang the entire mirror with the round edge on the large hook of the back plate. See last pictures.
Backlit Mirror by Lobmeyr, Vienna
Wear consistent with age and use.