Trea­sures: Art Deco boudoir lamp is in de­mand

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - MONEY & MARKETS EXTRA -

and wind their tor­tur­ous way to tele­vis­ing the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Af­ter the end of World War II, an in­creas­ing num­ber of us found our­selves glued to the liv­ing room tele­vi­sion.

Most tele­vi­sion lamps were prod­ucts of the 1950s and ’60s, but we be­lieve the ex­am­ple from D. V. is some­what ear­lier and was ini­tially used as a boudoir lamp. Many peo­ple would look at this and call it an Art Deco lamp with a danc­ing har­lequin ei­ther kick­ing a ball or play­ing with the moon.

We feel the piece may be from as early as the late 1920s, but early to mid-1930s is prob­a­bly more ac­cu­rate. We have seen this ex­act lamp with a dif­fer­ent paint job of­fered for sale with the glass ball iden­ti­fied as hav­ing been made by the Pair­point Glass Com­pany of New Bed­ford, Mass., but D. V.’s ex­am­ple proves this to be in­cor­rect.

The bub­bled glass sphere was man­u­fac­tured on the Vene­tian Is­land of Mu­rano, but the rest of the lamp was prob­a­bly made else­where. The other ex­am­ple of the lamp we have seen has paint that ap­pears to be a verdi­gris green with brown out­lines. Ex­am­in­ing the pho­to­graphs sent by D. V., the paint seems to be orig­i­nal, ex­cept we do find the blue eyes to be a bit spooky.

The metal used to make the piece is de­scribed as be­ing “bronze,” but we would not be sur­prised if it turned out to be bronzed pot metal. In any event, Art Deco boudoir lamps such as this one are in de­mand, and this one should be val­ued for in­sur­ance pur­poses in the $500 to $650 range. ———

He­laine Fen­del­man and Joe Ros­son have writ­ten a num­ber of books on an­tiques. Do you have an item you’d like to know more about? Con­tact them at Joe Ros­son, 2504 Sey­mour Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917, or email them at trea­sures­knol­ogy.net. If you’d like your ques­tion to be con­sid­ered for their col­umn, please in­clude a high-res­o­lu­tion photo of the sub­ject, which must be in fo­cus, with your in­quiry.

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