An Art Deco spelter figure lady table lamp, circa 1930, Germany
- the spelter figure cold-painted gold with enamel details,
mounted on an alabaster base and holding aloft an original crackle
This particular lamp is one of my favourites.
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
they were "rediscovered" in the 1970s being popular ever since
because they are so evocative of the period.