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This Handel lamp is known as the Fisherman, numbered 7034 and artist signed PAL for artist Mary Palme. This shade is done from the chipped ice shade blank but is also sand finished to give it a different highlighted dimension when lighted. Mary Palme executed an image of the fisherman throwing his net overboard clearer than most of the Handel shades painted with this design. This period Handel lamp stands 22" high and the shade is 18" in diameter. The base is a three light cluster of sockets, all Hubbel with bell pull chains. The base is solid bronze and intricately styled with draping leaves on a turned baluster stem. The majority of Handel bases are pot metal with bronze plating; the solid bronze bases such as this one were much less common and of higher quality. Philip J. Handel established the Handel Company in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1870s and by 1890 they had established a reputation for specializing in painted lamp shades. Philip Handel died in 1914 at the age of 48, and his second wife, Fanny Hirschfeld, took over her husband's role as President for a time before turning the company over to Handel's cousin William in 1919. The years following WW II were Handel's most prosperous, led by an impressive group of skilled and dedicated artists and craftsmen. The great depression hit Handel hard, and they struggled through the early years of the 1930s before production ceased in 1936. Reference Source: The Handel Lamps Book by Carole Goldman Hibel, John Hibel, John Fontaine cover
The Handel Lamps Book

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This beautiful Pairpoint puffy rose and butterfly lamp shade measures 14" in diameter and rests on a Pairpoint silverplate base, all properly marked The Pairpoint Corp. Total height of the lamp measures 21". The shade is blown out, i.e. "puffy", to give the rose flowers texture and depth, and the entire shade is reverse painted on the interior of the glass shade. Pairpoint Manufacturing Company was established in 1880 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The factory began as a metalworks which first made fittings for coffins. Near the Pairpoint factory was the Mt. Washington Glassworks which made fine glassware, and the two companies began exploring synergies culminating in a merger in 1894. From the late 1890s until the 1930s, lamps and lamp accessories were an important part of Pairpoint's production. There were three main types of shades, all of which were blown: puffy - blown-out reverse-painted shades (usually floral designs); ribbed - also reverse painted; and scenic - reverse painted with scenes of land or seascapes (usually executed on smooth surfaces, although ribbed scenics may be found occasionally). Cut glass lamps and those with metal overlay panels were also made. Scenic shades were sometimes artist signed. Most shades were stamped on the lower inside or outside edge with either 1) The Pairpoint Corp., 2) Patent Pending, 3) Patented July 9, 1907, or 4) Patent Applied For. Bases were made of bronze, copper, brass, silver, or wood, and are always signed. Reference Source: Pairpoint Lamps by Edward Malakoff, Sheila Malakoff cover
Pairpoint Lamps

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Large female porcelain bust by Royal Dux c. 1900. This bust has the original small pink Triangle with the E and Royal Dux Bohemia. The markings also include the impressed numbers 624 and 18. The bust stands a full 15" high making it one of the larger pieces produced. Royal Dux was founded in 1860 in Dux, Bohemia. Dux pieces pre-1918 have an E in the pink triangle; post 1918 work has a D within the triangle. Bohemia ceased to exist at that time and Czechoslovakia came into existence. Royal Dux was rivaled by the Teplitz, Austria amphora factories in the production of high quality female busts in the Art Nouveau style. 

Art Nouveau, 1890-1914

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French figural Art Deco boudoir lamp c. 1930 of a white metal kneeling female figure with green patina on a black onyx base. This is a perfume lamp, with an inset in the glass into which scented oils were placed which gave off an aroma when heated by the light. The sculpture is signed by the well known French Art Deco artist Fayral and includes the original foundry mark indicating Parisian origin. The lamp stands 11" high, 7.825" long, and 4.25" wide. The onyx base itself stands 1.25" high. Boudoir and perfume lamps were quite popular in the Art Deco period as expressions of the art. Reference Source: Popular Art Deco Lighting: Shades of the Past by Herb Millman, John Dwyer cover
Popular Art Deco Lighting: Shades of the Past
Period Art Nouveau Austrian bronze of a nude woman mounted on a mother of pearl shell and holding a pearl, circa 1900. The mother of pearl is approximately 6.5" in diameter and the bronze nude stands 6.5" high to the top of the pearl, making the entire piece stand 7.5" high. Original patina on the bronze and marked "Austria." During this period, there were many quality bronze foundries in Austria doing work for local artists such as Bergman.  

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Loetz Papillon glaze compote of blue iridescent glass features the famous Loetz oil spot decoration and stands 6" high and 7.25" wide. The interior of the compote is finished with blue and silver iridescence, a really striking contrast with the exterior oil spots. Many Loetz glassmaking techniques rivaled Tiffany in complexity and beauty. Reference Source: Loetz: Bohemian Glass 1880-1940 by Johann Lotz Witwe, Helmut Ricke, Jan Mergl

Loetz: Bohemian Glass 1880-1940

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Czechoslovakian Amphora double dragon bowl. Twin dragon heads guard each side of this jeweled amphora bowl. The bottom is marked "Amphora Made in Czechoslovakia, and the piece measures 12" long by 7" high. Austrian amphora is usually more highly valued, but an interesting piece like this and the jeweled effect make this Czech piece highly collectible.  

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A period Bruno Zach cold painted bronze on a pink marble base c. 1930. Bruno Zach was a period Art Deco sculpture who frequently did erotic pieces and various interpretations of prostitutes. This particular piece is quite rare, a depiction of his favorite prostitute whom he tried to marry, and whom he depicts holding a string of broken hearts representing all the men's hearts she had broken. Signed in the bronze Bruno Zach. The figure stands 15.25" high on an old base 7.25" long by 4.25" deep. Reference Source: Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley

Art Deco & Other Figures

Important Handel Scenic Ruins reverse painted table lamp c. 1900 in excellent condition. This outstanding example of a top Handel reverse painted glass shade depicts Greek or Roman ruins alongside green foliage and swaying palm trees as well as a moonlit inlet with shimmering water and palm trees leaning out from shore. The lamp stands approximately 23.0" high and the shade is 18.0" wide. Shade is properly signed Handel along with the shade number. Reference Source: The Handel Lamps Book by Carole Goldman Hibel, John Hibel, John Fontaine

The Handel Lamps Book

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Art Deco white metal grouping of a woman and a goat with verdigris on a pink marble base. On the rear is the signature "Limousin." The work measures 20.5" long by 4.5" wide by 5.5" high. Limousin did a lot of Art Deco work in spelter for the masses. During the period, the public wanted the Art Deco look, and of course even then bronze works were very expensive relatively speaking. Limousin was one of the premier firms serving this market.  

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Monumental Julius Dressler Austrian Art Nouveau vase c. 1900 in Alphonse Mucha designed bronze mounts standing 15.25" high. The firm of Julius Dressler was established in Biela about 1883 and closed in 1944. Julius Dressler was known for some of the finest work of the period 1890-1905, reminiscent of the work of Zsolnay, Amphora and the work of Zsolnay in Bohemia. This lovely vase combines a mottled brown glaze with subtle accents of blue, meant to complement but not overpower the rare bronze Art Nouveau mounts. The detail in the gilt bronze is very refined, and the piece is fully marked on the bottom with the Dressler impressed and raised marks and of course Austria. Reference Source: Art Nouveau, 1890-1914 by Paul Greenhalgh

Art Nouveau, 1890-1914

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Royal Dux Bohemia Art Deco dancers c. 1918. This is a transition piece for Royal Dux, produced right at the end of World War I when the original pink triangle with the E in the center was being phased out for the new, larger pink triangle with a D, and Czechoslovakia was being added to the markings on Dux pieces. This interesting piece has the small pink E triangle but also has in very small print Royal Dux Czechoslovakia. This work displays the typical use of Dux cobalt blue at the beginning of the deco period. The base is 8.5" in diameter and the piece is 12" high.   
Classic Dirk van Erp hand hammered copper table lamp with 4 sockets and a flaring 4 panel original mica shade with cupped rim and bulbous cap. The shade is supported by 4 riveted armatures on a bullet-shaped base, all with the original patina. At his peak, van Erp employed no more than 13 coppersmiths who manufactured his designs, and some reports cite as few as 5 not including his son and his daughter Agatha who worked at the company. Unlike Tiffany Studios lamps which were produced according to blueprints and forms, Dirk van Erp production was completely handmade and resulted in subtle variations in size, style, and hammering of the individual work. This rare D'Arcy Gaw / Dirk van Erp lamp stands approximately 22.0" high and has a 22.0" in diameter flaring mica shade, and it's properly marked on the bottom with the closed box mark and Dirk van Erp. Reference Source: Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition by David Cathers
Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition
Round onyx figural ashtray with seated female posing nude on a square plinth, c. 1930 in the Art Deco style. The bronze figure has gold painting and gold/bronze patina. The piece is a total of 5" high by 5.5" wide; the figure itself is 4.5" high. While attribution is difficult on such unmarked pieces, an experienced dealer can usually determine origin from other factors, in this case an Austrian style. Reference Source: Art Deco: 1910-1939 by Tim Benton, Charlotte Benton, Ghislaine Wood
Art Deco: 1910-1939

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Important Louis Comfort Tiffany Cypriote Favrile glass vase c 1904, blue with purple, gold, and cranberry iridescence evident in one of the rarest of Tiffany glass styles. In addition to the glass texture characteristic of L.C.T. Cypriote Favrile glass, this vase also has a unique and complex shape that adds additional flair and complicated the glassmaking craftsmanship. Louis Comfort Tiffany's lustering technique, with its iridescent effect, was the most important because it was his hallmark, used in many different wares. This involved dissolving salts of metallic oxides in the molten glass, so creating the chosen colors -- soft greens, blues, golds, etc. The metallic content was then brought to the surface by subjecting the glass to a reducing flame and spraying with another chloride. This treatment caused the surface to crackle into a profusion of tiny lines that refracted light. Cypriote glass was a Tiffany specialty glass and was rolled in fragmented crumbs of glass to give the impression of old Roman glass, done only in the early years of Tiffany production with very few pieces made.. The Cypriote vase shown here measures 5.5" high and 5.75" in diameter at the widest point, and note that the bottom has the etched L. C. Tiffany Favrile as well as the original paper sticker from the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company. Reference Source: Tiffany Favrile Art Glass by Moise S. Steeg cover
Tiffany Favrile Art Glass
Rare and unusual Fulper mushroom lamp in mint condition, with the shade inset with leaded slag glass covered in a terrific "leopard skin" crystalline glaze. Fulper was created in the midst of the arts and crafts movement, but they were concerned that production techniques reflecting the values of the American arts and crafts movement of hand craftsmanship would make their production unaffordable for the general population. As such, Fulper made their pottery in molds versus being hand thorwn on a wheel by a master potter. Both pieces of the 18.5" high and 15.25" diameter lamp are properly marked with the Fulper ink mark c. 1930. Reference Source: The Fulper Book by John Hibel cover
The Fulper Book
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