Rare chandelier 'Boomerang' by Rispal France, circa 1955. Pair of opaline glass pendants with the 'boomerang' in France walnut.
Original bayonet bulbs (BA15d, IEC 7004-11 A, DIN 49720) max 60 watt. The wire and the sockets are in a good condition, approved to European standards. Works in the USA.
Dimensions: total height from ceiling till drop 49.2 in. (125 cm), wire can be shortened. Diameter of a shade 4.9 in. (12,5 cm), length of the wooden 'boomerang' 27.4 inches (69,5 cm).
Though little is known about the Rispal enterprise and its designers, it’s clear that the company was founded in Paris in 1924 by an entrepreneur called G. Rispal. Over the years the Rispal business expanded and by the mid 1950s their range consisted of more than 1500 models, which were executed in a number of different styles. Though Rispal produced furniture as well - under the brand name Elan - the company is primarily remembered for it’s lamps, and their modern lighting collection in particular. Their best known model is without a doubt the sculptural floor lamp which was later dubbed ‘Praying Mantis’.
The chandelier on offer belongs to the same iconic ‘Formes Nouvelles’ series as the floor lamp and certainly has expressive strength of its own. In fact, the boomerang shape - which carries the lamp shades - is arguably the most emblematic motif of mid century design.
- Literature: cf. Rispal ‘Formes Nouvelles’ advertisements.
'Boomerang' Chandelier by Rispal, France 1955