Attributed to

Herter Brothers ( American, 1864 - 1906 )

c. 1880
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General Description

While the designer of this dramatically towering lamp is unknown, the style of the vase of flowers on the base is is in the Japanese taste popular in America during the 1870s and 80s. Originally, the lamp was fitted with a rubber hose that conducted gas from a jet on the floor or ceiling. The glass shade is a replacement. Made of cast and gilt bronze, the motif and style of the vase of flowers seen on the four panels of the base are closely related to those found on furniture by the renowned firm of Herter Brothers (1865-1905). Herter Brothers was America's most famous design firm during the last quarter of the 19th century, designing the interiors for this country's most fashionable residences. At present, it is one of only a handful of great light fixtures known to survive from this period.

Adapted from

  • Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2006.
  • Charles Venable, DMA unpublished material, 1992.