Pair of Chartres wall lamps by van Oyen for Raak, '60-'70
[SOLD] This pair of beautiful Chartres is the largest we ever came across: they measure no less than 45cm. The Chartres blue-green glass wall lamp exists in several sizes and was also made in red. Special models also exist because they could be made to order. And that is probably the case with this set as well. They combine the best of both worlds: a blue-green background with red moulded glass segments on top!
Raak referred to these lamps in their catalogue as "Melt paintings": ...Chartres, as church windows stained, so are these glass sculptures melt painted. On a base of reinforced glass is a composite colour glass melted. No two sculptures are the same, but they are all vital like a painting from the Cobra art school …
In the price list of January 1973 these lights were sold for Fl.159 which equalises €70 today. They were inspired by the stained glass windows of the famous Chartres Cathedral in France, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, about 80 kilometres south-west of Paris.
Raak commisioned Willem van Oyen Senior to produce these lamps. Van Oyen had a small factory known as the BEVO glasindustrie. All Chartres lamps were handmade and are therefore slightly different. The BEVO company still exist today and is now owned by his son, Willem van Oyen Junior.
There are several references on the internet wrongly attributing the Chartres to A. Lankhorst. However, Lankhorst was an architect who used these wall lamps to decorate restaurant “Dijkstra” in Zwolle, The Netherlands as mentioned in the Raak Catalogue no.7 from 1970 (see last photo).
Needless to say that they spread the most wonderful light, mystical and mythical like the windows of the Chartres cathedral! A unique opportunity to own a large pair of the iconic Chartres lamps in a stunning colour combination.
The condition is very good and both lamps are checked and in full working order. Two E14 bulb holders per lamp.