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Table Lamp

A work made of silver-plated brass, glass, and ebony.

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  • A work made of silver-plated brass, glass, and ebony.

Date:

c. 1930

Artist:

Walter von Nessen
American, born Germany, 1889–1943
Made by Nessen Studio, Inc.
American, founded 1927

About this artwork

Meant to accompany a series of tables that Walter von Nessen created around 1930, this streamlined lamp illustrates America’s shift to a modern aesthetic during the 1930s. Von Nessen championed the use of metal as an appropriate material to capture the look and spirit of the modern age. The object’s sleek lines convey standardized manufacturing, and its exposed hardware is characteristic of industrial fabrication. The lamp’s silver finish and added vertical strip of ebony give it a sumptuous quality.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artists

Walter Von Nessen , Nessen Studio, Inc. (Manufacturer)

Title

Table Lamp

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

c. 1930

Medium

Silver-plated brass, glass, and ebony

Dimensions

52.1 × 35.6 × 48.3 cm (20 1/2 × 14 × 19 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff

Reference Number

2009.1037

Extended information about this artwork

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