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Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Pewter, glass, metal
DATES ca. 1850
DIMENSIONS 10 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (25.4 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Marked on underside of pedestal in black paint: "16010-194" [old accession number]
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oil lamp; pewter pedestal and colorless glass reservoir with metal and pewter fittings. Hollow balustrade-like pedestal has round domed base with two steps and a line of incised diagonal hatch marks between steps; rises to cylindrical stem that tapers upward, decorated with molded and incised lines; rises to stepped cylindrical barrel; then flares out into a wide, nearly flat rim. Suspended from underside edge of rim is "chain" of ivy vines with leaves and berries. Glass reservoir for oil is a hollow, squat, bulbous form; from bottom extends solid cylindrical shaft that fits into pedestal; at top, raised neck with small round opening; neck has metal (pewter?) threaded collar. Round metal top screws into neck; two 1 ¼" high tubes (feeds to oil) project from top at angle (soldered on); tubes taper upward to small opening. Suspended by gold-colored metal chain from top are two cone-shaped caps with flared opening; caps fit over tubes to snuff out flame. Without the glass reservoir, pedestal resembles a candlestick. CONDITION: Fair; pedestal has all-over tarnish, scratches, pittings, and other discolorations. Reservoir has tarnished and corroded metal parts; glass reservoir has manufacturing imperfections (air bubbles and other foreign materials).
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Unknown. Lamp, ca. 1850. Pewter, glass, metal, 10 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (25.4 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.638. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.638.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 27.638.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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