Pair of Sinumbra Lamps

A work made of gilded brass, bronze, and glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilded brass, bronze, and glass.

Date:

c. 1827/31

Artist:

Cornelius and Company
American, 1839–1851

About this artwork

This type of lighting device, popularly referred to as a sinumbra (without shadow) lamp, was conceived to help reduce the shadows created by the more elaborate Argand lamp. American firms such as Cornelius and Company may have created sinumbra lamps, perhaps modeled after French examples, in order to compete with European imports. Replete with classically inspired decoration, this pair of lamps would have been used in a fashionable domestic parlor.

On View

American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Cornelius and Company

Title

Pair of Sinumbra Lamps

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1827–1831

Medium

Gilded brass, bronze, and glass

Dimensions

H.: 51.4 cm (20 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance

Reference Number

2002.18.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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