An Art Deco spelter figure lady table lamp, circa 1930, Germany
- the spelter cold-painted silver and mounted on a two tier
marble base holding aloft an original and very attractive stylised
flower decorated glass globe.
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 because they are so
evocative of the period they were "rediscovered" in the 1970s and
have been in style ever since.