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North American Art Deco Lamps

Five Of The Best

In North America, Art Deco is exemplified by the now iconic architecture of New York’s skyscrapers, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Centre, During the inter-war years of the 20th century, Art Deco was the most fashionable design movement internationally.

Originating in Paris it’s influence is seen across the world, across many decorative arts from the era including; interior design, furniture, jewellery, textiles, fashion and industrial design, as well as the architecture and visual arts. The style is characterised by smooth geometric forms with a rich, jewel like colour palette. Born out of a reaction to the austerity imposed by World War I, Art Deco was originally the preserve of the wealthy. Materials like silver, crystal, ivory, jade and lacquer were not affordable for most American’s during the Great Depression, however as the economy recovered, the middle class’ taste for this glamorously perceived design style grew. As global tensions rose during the late 1930’s and early 40’s Art Deco fell out of favour, being perceived as too ostentatious for the increasingly dark zeitgeist.

Today, original Art Deco furniture and design objects make for some of the most desired design collectibles in the home. North American Art Deco, evokes an especially strong image of the style thanks to the mass proliferation of North American culture from the era (think the Great Gatsby and Metropolis). Now that you’ve had a brief introduction to North American Art Deco, we take a look at 5 stunning lamps in the Art Deco style.

“Hunters with Hounds,” Rare Pare of Illuminated, Art Deco Bronze Table Lamps

Rare and gorgeously crafted, this pair of illuminated bronze lamps depict a pair of hunters in Medieval garb, walking their hounds through the deep woods, as if in an old fairy tale or legend. The pierced bronze scenes, in silvered and patinated bronze, are backed by panels of golden glass, so the figures take on a gorgeous Silhouette when the lamps are illuminated. The lamps are by Oscar Bach and are signed; they show the strong influence of both Arts & Crafts and Art Deco aesthetics.

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1930s Table Lamps In Alabaster Bronze

A pair of French Art Deco table lamps made of alabaster and bronze, manufactured circa 1930. Alabaster is a fine-grained, massive gypsum that has been used for centuries for statuary, carvings, and other ornaments.

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Bronze Art Deco Skyscraper Lamps

Dramatic, beautifully finished and finely detailed, this very rare pair of bronze lamp bases depict skyscraper buildings, each featuring multiple setbacks in the Classic Art Deco manner, all rising above a multi-staged plinth with cascades of steps descending below. Perhaps sculpted and cast to commemorate a structure that was proposed in the 1930s, this pair survives as a unique testament to the soaring ambition and fine craftsmanship of another era.

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White Marble and Bronze Art Deco Lamps

A pair of fluted white marble and bronze Art Deco lamps attributed to E. F. Caldwell. The black marble base is decorated with gilt bronze feet shaped like claws. The bronze is highlighted by small raised dots around the ridges of the bands encircling the marble with a thick intricately decorated band around the bottom.

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Whaley Stained Glass and Bronze Table Lamp

Made by the JA Whaley of New York, this handsome leaded glass and bronze table lamp with a faceted shade comprised of individually camed panels of various types of green glass over an apron of corresponding c-scroll and medallion panels, sitting atop a brass standard and base in a dark bronze patina and elaborate scroll and foliate detailing, supporting a socket cluster with brass pulls and pierced cap with finial.

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