Art Nouveau Lamp help ID

sera66November 10, 2012

Hello, I wonder if someone could help me identify this lamp,the lamp belonged to my grandmother, we own this lamp for more than 60 years,any help would be greatly appreciated.Thankyou.

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lazy_gardens

Pretty! It must be really lovely whebn lit.

I would call it more art deco than art nouveau.

How big is it? And what does it hang from? Ornate globes like this were used in foyers, and also as altar lamps in some public buildings (theaters, office biuldings, etc.)

Carefully, with a magnifying glass, check every bit of the metal, including where the light bulb screws in, looking for a maker's mark.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 10:36AM
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cyn427

That is so beautiful! Lucky you. Hope someone can give you lots of info on it.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 12:30PM
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chibimimi

Could we see the canopy?

It looks like the individual pieces of glass were molded to fit into the frame, rather than being cut. They seem to be shaped and very three-dimensional. If so, this must have been a very expensive piece when first made. The metal appears to be bronze. Do you think the fixture is European or American -- any way to know? Are there any markings on the metal?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 1:20PM
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lindac

Sara lives in Mexico....so that may give a clue as to why it appears so different to Americans.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 2:17PM
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calliope

I agree it's more art deco than nouveau. It reminds me of the light fixtures in my parent's home, built in the late 20s, very early thirties. The fixture over their lower vestibule suspends, like this and to change out a bulb, one unhooks a fastener to allow the lower and upper half of the orb to open up like an orange sliced through the middle, like a book, becuase the hinges keep the two halves from coming completely apart. Their old fixtures were supposed to come across as bronze, but I have no idea what the metal is actually. Light fixtures from that era have stolen my heart, it's a pity to replace them, and a sin to not salvedge them somehow to be used somewhere else.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 3:14PM
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sera66

Thankyou all very much,i can not find any maks or signature
on the lamp,here are more pictures.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:48AM
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sera66

another picture

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:52AM
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sera66

another picture

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 11:01AM
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lazy_gardens

For a few seconds, I thought you dropped it and broke it!

The harder it is to find out what it is, the harder we dig for it ... it's definitely molded glass made to fit the frame, definitely late 1920s or early 1930s.

The general style is called "jewel" or "chunk" glass, because it is in medallions and pieces, not flat like stained glass.

Where was your grandmother and her family from? Did she travel or live abroad? What business was her family in?

I'm asking because that style shows up in some Austrian and French light fixtures.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 2:37PM
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sera66

Thankyou lazygardens,All I know is that my grandmother always said that it was a tiffany lamp,I never knew where she bought the lamp,but it has been in my family for more than 60 years.thanks.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 4:04PM
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calliope

Any lamp in the Tiffany style is often called that.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 6:01PM
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sera66

thanks calliope, I also think that is not a Tiffany lamp, I leave this foto,I just love when lamp is turn on.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 8:17PM
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Zippity-do-dah

It is a treasure!

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 2:24PM
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sera66

thank you very much Zippity,I may never know who made this beautiful lamp.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:49AM
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