Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


John Norelius Trio of Dirigold Art Nouveau Candelabras for AB Alco, Sweden 1920s

$ 475
  • Description
    The artists of Nordic Art Nouveau took inspiration from organic and natural forms, resulting in elegant designs with sinuous curves and lines. As this clever trio of candelabras clearly demonstrates, they also injected the style with their traditional design ideals such as functionality and an uncluttered look.

    The model the trio consists of has a lot more to offer than it would seem at first glance with unique and clever solutions. Firstly, the mysterious material itself, dirigold. Dirigold was invented by two Swedish engineers, C. Molin and C. A. von Malmborg, and the alloy would consist of 90% copper and 10% aluminium. The two engineers were in charge of the Metal company Alco in Örebro in the 1920s. Newspaper articles around Sweden soon praised the material, Gothenburg Dagblad wrote in 1922: “Dirigold maintains its high shine even after long-standing use unlike silver.” It also quickly became popular for as it withstood discolouration. As these candelabras showcase, the light gold colour is especially effective on round, carved shapes with diverse angles. The structures are rather traditional with round bases, long columns and three arms with cups and so-called chambersticks, small pans to catch dripping wax. And then the not so obvious element: the top parts are removable, converting the design into a vase. This ingenious feature praises John Norelius as a designer and immediately distinguishes this model from all other candelabras. Norelius became a trainee at AB Alcometaller around 1920, and eventually came to lead the dirigold production in the new factory in Mosås.

    The composition of the alloy was kept secret, and because of a shortage in materials, the production of dirigold items ceased, making this Nordic Art Nouveau trio of candelabras museum quality pieces.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The dirigold has some marks and patina.

    4.72 in W x 2.16 in D x 6.69 in H
    12 cm W x 5.5 cm D x 17 cm H

    These candelabras will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the items in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • More Information
    Origin: Sweden
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Dirigold
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The dirigold has some marks and patina.
    Creation Date: 1920s
    Number of Pieces: 2-3
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: 20221454
    Incollect Reference #: 616897
  • Dimensions
    W. 4.72 in; H. 6.69 in; D. 2.17 in;
    W. 12 cm; H. 17 cm; D. 5.5 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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