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Does anyone know what house this beautiful light fixture is from? Where is this photograph from? It is vaguely similar to the dining room suspended lamps at the Mrs. Thomas Gale House and the Henderson House.
I am glad to hear direct evidence of the quality of Niedecken's work.
The form of the C-shaped support rising from the base is echoed in the wood lamp with pyramidal wood-framed parchment (?) shade that is ubiquitous in later Wright homes.
SDR, do you know the history of the Robie lamp? Sometime in the 50s, a man came upon the lamp in a trash bin behind the house, saved it, restored it, and at the height of the FLW auction craze in the 80s sold it at Southeby's to a dealer for $750K. The day after, Barbra Streisand paid $1,000,000 for it. I believe she has now sold all her FLW collection, so it's in the wind again.
THIS is a large lamp -- the shade is 32" x 19" and the lamp stands 23 1/4" high. The reproduction shown (with bronze base) is available from the Dana-Thomas House Foundation -- or was when Maddex's book went to press in 1992.
I note that the Robie lamp, which appears to have an identical shade (does anyone think that's strange ?) and an identical base casting, has a different panel from the green-class one of the Dana lamp. The Robie lamp seems to have a ribbed panel of some sort. . .
Although I agree that the mystery lamp seems somehow institutional in nature, its wooden construction says 'residential' to me. But I've been wrong many times before. Perhaps it stood on an executive desk, in a walnut-trimmed office ? Somewhere, I've seen hanging panels of art glass like this lamp has.
Is walnut an unusual specie for Wright ?
I happened to have Bert Goderstad's email address so I asked him about it and this is what he said:
Paul--I did own the lamp. Brian Spensor used it in the show he orgnzed in Milwaukee. And he put in a promiment place in the book. Unfortnately I sold the lamp before I received the book and have kicking myself ever since. I bought the lamp from a Carroll Simons who was aan antique dealer here in Hastings. He claimed he bought it from Mrs. Wright when she was here. I do not know when that was. I sold the lamp to two young guys who said that they had a Purcell-Elmslie house in Minneapolis. I have their name somewhere but have not found it yet.
The square stringing is strongly Wrightian (or Niedeckian ?), the form of the vertical glass panels less so (to me). I continue to search my references for a clue. . .
It is an exciting object, I agree.
http://prairieschooltraveler.com/html/w ... ridge.html
the photo I should have presented, a shot of a wall lantern at the E P Irving residence:
detail of photo by Yukio Futagawa, c. 1975
Could the unknown lamp discussed earlier in the thread be a companion to the Irving wall lantern above ?
If so, who would have designed these pieces ? Mahony ? Niedecken ?
While I'm at it, I also found, earlier this year, a companion photo to the one already presented, of the
combination furniture piece which belongs to the Irving residence. We now see both faces of this
interesting piece -- still missing its reported lantern feature. Could the table lamp above be that lantern ?
http://blog.mam.org/2010/10/31/from-the ... niedecken/
The lamp looks like Mahony. Find a Joel Silver era photo of the Storer interior; he bought a lamp by Mahony from Scott Eliot that, while very different from the above, has a feel about it that suggests Mahony over Wright.
http://www.ambienceimages.co.uk/media/7 ... a-exterior
Roderick, is it the white-glass table lamp with hex-plan shade ? This is known to be by Mahony ?