The Holophane Company | 2 Large “Satellite” Lanterns | England c.1900


2 large Holophane Company satellite lanterns made in their distinctive “Blondel” & “Stiletto” prism glass. The glass and original galleries all signed Holophane with original period chain and replacement ceiling hook for suspension. England c.1900

N.B: The lanterns regretfully do not maintains the bottom central dish

Ht.(as displayed)79cm/31inin, Ht. (lantern & gallery)30/12, W.30/12

The Holophane Company, U.K, U.S.A & France

  • In 1893, André Blondel invents the prismatic glass molding, on the principle of the Fresnel lens. The invention is patented under the name “Holophane” whose Greek roots mean “harmonious distribution of light”.
  • In 1898, Otis Mygatt, an American businessman, buys the patent and creates two companies on each side of the Atlantic for the production and sale of Holophane products.
  • Holophane Glass Co. (USA): manufacturing / sales, and Holophane Limited (UK)
  • The year 1920 sees the birth of “Holophane SA” in France. The English company (Holophane Limited) joins forces with a French industrialist to create a production site and installs glassware in Les Andelys. Holophane SA is born.


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