Posted 4 years ago
I have often wondered if the Pallme König-Teplitz shades were only sold through the Williamson catalogs.
I have eight shades in bright yellow with oil spot glaze and green feathering, 4" tall (they also come in a larger size) I have found two shapes so far: round and hexagonal. I have always attributed them to Pallme König on the basis of the green feathering, which is similar to that found in other documented PK shades. They are not listed in the Williamson catalogs. However, they do appear in a 1910 Western Gas Fixture Company catalog, of which I have found only one page.
1. The shade in the Western catalog.
2. The shade in situ.
3. The hexagonal version
4. The PK with similar green feathering.
Oddly enough, Rindskopf has a line of vases in yellow, with oil spot glaze and beige feathering, to which these shades could very well belong. However, no Rindskopf shades have been officially documented.
For ID purposes, there are two reliable ways to identify Czech Jugendstil shades:
1. Finding them in period catalogs and design books.
2. Finding matching identified vases.
For a really stunning effect, try lining your shades up as track lighting, particularly if you have different shapes and decors!