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Table Lamp

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MANUFACTURER Deskey-Vollmer, Inc.
MEDIUM Chrome-plated metal, painted wood
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES 1927–1931
    DIMENSIONS 14 7/8 x 8 3/4 x 11 in. (37.8 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm) Diameter of shade: 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.141.9
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Electric table lamp with painted-black wooden base and chrome metal spine and lampshade. Base is solid rectangular block that rises to about 1 inch at front, then swoops upward in a concave curve to almost 4 inches at back; electric cord protrudes from center of back of base. Supported by and attached to base is two-inch wide rectangular strip of chrome metal bent into a C-shape which forms the spine. Suspended from underside of top of spine is a light socket and metal hemispherical lampshade, joined to spine by a short barrel and ball-and-socket joint (which allows the shade to be swiveled). Along back of spine, just above base is on/off switch. (condition notes in condition section)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989). Table Lamp, 1927–1931. Chrome-plated metal, painted wood, 14 7/8 x 8 3/4 x 11 in. (37.8 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.141.9. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.141.9_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1999.141.9_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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