Mathieu Lustrerie Brings Chandeliers to Life in Provence
“The chandelier is a jewel that never goes out of style.”
~ Mathieu Lustrerie website
Régis Mathieu is a true artisan. His expertise lies in working with bronze, creating, and restoring chandeliers. After his father’s passing, he assumed the helm of the family business in 1990 – Mathieu Lustrerie. The company is recognized worldwide for its chandelier restorations. A chandelier is more than just a light; it is an art form, and Mathieu Lustrerie creates the magic.
Many magnificent chandeliers suffered from the passage of time and destruction during the French Revolution and World Wars. As a result, historical monuments are a cornerstone of the work at Mathieu Lustrerie. The team restored stunning chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the hallways of the Opera Garnier in Paris, the Musée du Louvre, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among a long list of others. Working with bronze and glass crystals, whether on the scale of a castle or for a private home, Mathieu Lustrerie has revived interest in a sublime art that had fallen into obsolescence.
Perhaps the real magic of an antique chandelier is the candlelight dance reflected in the crystals. But, modern bulbs cannot create that kaleidoscopic. Or at least not until Mathieu Lustrerie Atelier developed a LED that mimics candlelight – the Evolution 5.
Contemporary Mathieu Lustrerie creations illuminate luxury jewels, perfume, and high-end fashion in boutiques such as Cartier, Chanel, Hermès, Guerlain, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more.
Mathieu Lustrerie has earned the prestigious label Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV). The EPV designation has existed since 2005 and is open to trades involved in production, transformation, repair and restoration work. Earning this accreditation involves a rigorous selection process, and the badge stands for five years, although it is renewable. Consequently, professions considered for EPV are often immersed in traditional working methods related to art and culture.
“A chandelier carries the light of our happiest moments and accompanies us through the day. I have conceived these universes to share them with you as a tribute to this special object.” ~ Régis Mathieu
The Restoration Process
Restoring an old chandelier requires careful study of the condition of materials and where realistic drawings or photos. Plans are developed, followed by a model. Next, the bronze work involves multiple steps – moulds, casting and finally, installation.
Régis Mathieu’s father Henri founded Mathieu Lustrerie in 1948 locating the workshop in the Chute-Lavie area of Marseille. Henri died suddenly in 1982, and his wife Yvette assumed the responsibilities for the operations until Régis reached an age (19) that he could take over. In 2002, after outgrowing the original location in Marseille and a desire to modernize, the atelier relocated to a former ocher factory in Gargas.
Preparing for Your Visit
Mathieu Lustrerie Atelier & Museum
Hameau des Sauvans
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 74 92 40
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00.
Friday morning: 8:30 am to noon
Group tours are available upon request
Galerie Régis Mathieu
2, rue de Miromesnil
Telephone: + 33 (0)1 81 70 92 80
From Monday to Friday
10:00am to 01:00 pm
02:00pm to 07:00 pm
Image credits: All photos were provided by and published with the permission of Mathieu Lustrerie.