Ebay Description: Industrial Looking Vintage Art Deco Desk Lamp With Adjustable Arm
This lamp is definitely not Deco. We’re not sure what style it is – Arts and Crafts? Victorian? And we’re not even sure if it is a desk lamp or should be wall mounted. Chris’ thought on this is that it looks like a gas lamp fixture converted to electricity. Frankly it looks like a candlestick telephone from Count Dracula’s house.
Ebay Description: Vintage Chase Art Deco Machine Age Chrome C Table Desk Lamp Industrial Lighting
This is a classic Art Deco desk lamp. Made for the gift and specialty division of the Chase Brass and Copper Company was sold from 1935 – 1942. It has many attributes of the streamline era, including the fluted “C” shape arm and joining pieces. The indented, black painted circles on the base. This must have been a very popular lamp in the 1930’s as many of these can be found at antique stores today. We’ve seen the prices vary from about $50.00 on the low end (a really good price) – over $500.00 on the high end (way too much.) Originally these lamps came with a cone shaped paper shade.
Ebay description: 1920s Vintage Antique Art Deco Bohemian Czech Boudoir Desk Lamp with Shade
If something is from the 1920’s it doesn’t mean that it is Art Deco. That is certainly true of the lamp above. Art Deco as a design style did not really become available to mainstream consumers until the end of the decade. And even then it was not the most popular of styles. This lamp, which looks more like a table or nightstand lamp rather than for a desk, while pretty is not Deco.
Ebay Description: Black ceramic vtg art deco desk or table lamp no shade.
This is what we call “1950’s Art Deco”. The Art Deco era ended in 1940, but elements of it continued on in an exaggerated fashion into the mid-1950’s before mid-century modern really took hold. This nightstand lamp is 1950’s not Deco.
On line Description: Art Deco lighting. Polaroid desk lamp designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for the Polaroid Corporation.
This was a tricky one. This certainly looks like a lamp for the late 1940’s or early 1950’s but the design goes back to 1937. A creation of Walter Dorwin Teague and Frank Del Giudice for the Polaroid Company years before it started instant photography. This lamp design would bridge the end of the Deco era into the postwar Mid-Century Modern era. But it is a Deco lamp.
Ebay Description: Vintage Elwood, IN Mid Century Faries Desk Art Deco Cobra Style Lamp
Here was another tricky one. The Cobra Lamp is often attributed to Norman Bel Geddes, but it was actually designed by Jean Otis Reinecke. Reinecke was awarded a patent for it in 1947 and it was sold by the Faries Company from 1946 -1952. The actual name for the lamp is 60243 (not very catchy). Since this is a post World War 2 creation it is not deco. But the influence of the Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid lamp above was certainly an influence.
On line Description: ADNET French Art Deco Modernist Chrome Desk Lamp c1930
Jacques Adent a famous French modernist designer created this lamp in the early 1930’s. The Deco pedigree is very high for this chrome beauty.
Ebay Description: Tiffany Style Stained Glass Table Lamp Desk Art Deco Victorian Antique Bronze
Our first thought when seeing this lamp was WOW!!!! We feel the less said about this the better. But really “Tiffany Style” that never spells D-E-C-O in our book. Then “Art Deco Victorian” those two design eras never met up with each other, I mean there was King Edward VII between Queen Victoria and King George V. “Art Deco Victorian” don’t get us started.
Ebay Description: Art Deco MARKEL Chrome Machine Age Antique Desk Table Lamp industrial modern
This is Deco, despite the somewhat traditional style shade. The Markel Company of Buffalo, New York produced many fine Deco desk lamps. And while this one is quite in the same league as some of the others it does share some similarities such as the chrome and especially the chrome discs and finial on the base.
Ebay Description: Vtg Art Deco Steampunk Fluorescent Office Banker’s Desk Lamp Industrial Student
Okay, this was another tricky one, but there was a big clue in the description – “Fluorescent”. Fluorescent lighting was introduced on a large scale at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. But it didn’t really start to become available for home use until after the Second World War. We think that what ever company produced this lamp used mold from prewar lamps for the ends of the shade and the pole holding the lamp up. And we will give you the fact that it is more Deco than “steampunk”.
Chris and Anthony (The Freakin’, Tiquen’ Guys).
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