(A) This handsome lamp, with its Art Deco styling in the sunburst pattern, was manufactured by the Cowan Pottery Studio in Lakewood, Ohio; this particular design is attributed to Waylande Gregory, one of the most innovative and prolific ceramics sculptors of the early 20th century. The orange-yellow color is particularly rare. The shade was custom-made by Sue Johnson of Albany, CA. Measurements: 10 1/4 by 10 1/4 by 16 1/2 high.
Aww...you're a couple mintues too late! SOLD!!
(B) Here's another example of a beautifully designed American Moderne desk or table lamp, also solid brass with copper and chrome plating (and weighing 6 1/2 pounds!). The shade swivels... be careful not to scorch your fingers if it's been on for a while (they didn't think of everything)! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(C) Bronze with its original acid-etched patina in perfect condition (including socket and chain!); undoubtedly by Silver Crest. The bronze-plated overlay on the base is probably sterling, and the material behind the cutouts on the shade is mica. The lamp stands 9 1/2 inches high. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(D) Here's something pretty rare, indeed, a Steuben jade table lamp with its original fittings. It's about 27 inches tall with this fabric shade, which I think is actually its original shade! Click here for a close-up! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(E) A high quality, marble-based signed Pairpoint "directoire" table lamp of exceptional stature, bearing the kind of presence that your desk deserves! It's 27 inches tall and about 18 across. The shade's not original, but this marriage should last! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(F) Of (tarnished) silver-plated white metal with a newish glass shade, this Frankart-styled lady lamp dates from about 1928. 16 inches tall. Coming to the corner nearest you? (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(G) How'd this glorious Czechoslovakian two-piece etched glass table lamp sneak into the "American lamps" department!!? Well, were they not made for export to the all-weathy US of A? Not that I want to start rewriting history any more than I am already! It's about a foot tall and you can see what delicious warmth emanates from its chubby little tummy. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(H) The face of American Modernism -- so sleek, so minimalist, so chrome! A six-inch tubular bulb illuminates whatever's behind the lamp (like the wall), silhouetting the front and creating more drama in your life than a partner ever could. Well, of a different sort, perhaps...
I mean, really, such an iconic item, and it took DECADES to sell. Was my price too high (as usual)? Finally, SOLD!!
(I) Had electricity been invented, King Tut surely would have surrounded himself with the likes of this lamp, instead of those stinky beasts. Brass-plated iron, it's going to last another millennia or three. The beaded-fringe shade originally graced a 19th century candle lamp; doesn't it work well here!? There's only one strand of beads missing, a near-miracle. It's about 9 inches tall. Fitted with a hi-lo switch on the electrical line so you can diminish the wattage for those "special moments" when mood is desired! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(J) This jewel serves the dual purpose of ring tray and light source! The babe's an American classic, from the 20s, and the deep brown painted patina (meant, no doubt, to simulate bronze!) is in uncommonly excellent condition. I can't quite imagine what the original shade looked like (with the socket on that crazy angle), but I've plugged the gap with this beaded-fringe candle lampshade, which seems somewhat appropriate, and definitely ladylike! Perfect for that lady's vanity or bedside table. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(K) If you're an "original condition" junkie, this should appeal. It's of course a Markel, in perfect shape save the patina, which of course has suffered the ravages of abandonment (where was it all those years, in a dark cellar?). You can see how the patina was originally, alternating brass and nickel. I believe the socket is original, too! I've outfitted it with a cloth-covered cord and an appropriately vintage plug, out of respect. It stands 15 inches tall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)