glassworks: unknown

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glass chandelier with eight arms, each with yellow shades.
Johnston found chandeliers in India. He photographed them as he saw them displayed, and then dismantled them, packed them into tea chests and shipped them back to Melbourne. To reassemble them turned into a considerable challenge for those charged with the job. Because there were no close-up photos of the lights, it was virtually impossible to re-create them as they were, and a great deal of ingenuity was required.
The work was left largely to two people. Helen Stanson was one. She was chauffeur and secretary to Iris Clark, Johnston’s long-time friend, and had met him through her. The other was electrician, Peter Armstrong.
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This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection and Christine Bell
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