An Art Deco spelter figure table lamp, circa 1930, Germany
- the Pierrot with a silver and black enameled finish, mounted on a
pale salmon coloured alabaster base, balancing an internally
decorated glass globe above his head.
This is an uncommon lamp of the period.
There is no information on the designer or foundry that created
these lamps and that is probably because of the fact that many of
the casting foundries seem to have been centred in or around the
city of Berlin, which was destroyed during WW2.
This is a pity because the lamps produced are of a very high
quality in terms of the metal formula they used and the actual
casting. They were produced as home decoration and sold through
department and furnishing stores and seemed to have been extremely
popular in Great Britain (as were Art Deco figures by Lorenzl and
Preiss) at that time, falling out of fashion in the 1940s (also
any German made products were understandably unpopular) but they
were "rediscovered" in the 1970s and have been back in fashion
ever since because they are so evocative of the period.