Art Deco spelter figure lady lamp, circa 1930, Germany, the
spelter cold-painted in gold, green/blue and brown mounted on an
alabaster base holding aloft an original glass globe.
This is one of the most iconic lamps of the Art Deco
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 not
popular...)...but once they were "rediscovered" in the 1970s
they have been popular ever since because they are so evocative
of the period.