The Holophane Company | 4 “Pineapple” Lampshades | England c.1915

A set of 4 Holophane “pineapple” lampshades in “Blondel” prism each with the original pierced brass gallery. England c.1915

Galleries with Regd,No.622033 for 1913-14

Ht.(as displayed)61cm/24in, Ht.(shade & fit)22/8.5

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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