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    Posted 6 years ago

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    As soon as I spotted this incredible lamp I KNEW I simply "had" to have it even though it exceeded my budget, and decided to sell off four really nice but "lesser" objects in order to be able to pay for it. Best decision I ever made!
    It measures 18 1/2 x 9 x 4.7 inches, and is made entirely of bronze (it weighs about 12 lbs.!). The shade is hand hammered brass, and the beautiful patina is all original. It's signed "Wetzel", which is either German or Austrian, but I've been unable to find anything whatsoever about this incredibly talented sculptor on Google! The only thing that makes any sense to me is that he must have suddenly and unexpectedly passed away shortly after designing this lamp, because (as you can see) he was SO talented that he would surely have become quite famous.

    If anyone out there in CollectorLand can tell me anything at all about him I'd really appreciate it; but when you try the internet search engines the ONLY thing that comes up are photos of THIS lamp...

    Thanks for looking!

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      WOW!!! JEALOUS HERE !! in a great way!! im glad you have this!!
    2. Gillian, 6 years ago
      Absolutely gorgeous. I might(?) have resorted to selling everything!
    3. Hyp-storian, 6 years ago
      Thanks guys! I really was WAAAAAAY above my budget, but I don't regret the 4 for 1 "trade" for a minute!

    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      love, love, love, love it.................I really love it !!
    5. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
      Wonderful lamp! It is probably a piano lamp given the low, extended profile.
    6. Hyp-storian, 6 years ago
      I agree completely, Cogito. The only thing that puzzles me is that I've been unable to
      find ANY info whatsoever about Wetzel. Doesn't make me love (LOVE!!) this any less, but I was hoping to maybe find other items also designed by him...
    7. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
      Maybe Wetzel references the foundry or manufacturer?
    8. Hyp-storian, 6 years ago

      That's a thought, but it does look like a printed (incised in the bronze) "signature",
      and you'd think that multiple Google searches (with various combinations of "Wetzel bronze", "Wetzel art nouveau", etc., etc.) would turn up something else aside from photos of this exact same lamp (all taken by the seller I bought it from).

      Not only are there no other examples to be found of this lamp, but nothing else whatsoever from a "Wetzel" at all. I even tried Googling "Wetsel" just in case it was spelled incorrectly on the lamp.....

    9. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Can you post the mark? Maybe different eyes will see something different in the Spelling of the mark?? One never knows....

      This is SUCH a Stunning Piece !!!!!!!!!!!
    10. Hyp-storian, 6 years ago
      Hi Antiquerose,

      I just replaced the last photo with one that shows the signature. It's actually a lot easier to see in person (the photos isn't too great), but if you enlarge the photo it clearly reads "WETZEL".
      Thanks for your comment, my wife and I both think it's stunning too!
      Just wish somebody knew something (anything!) about the artist!

    11. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 6 years ago
      fantastic piece!
    12. kathylou1928, 4 years ago
      I found the exact same lamp base, but the lamp part went straight up instead of out. Here is the link to the second lamp: (Copy and paste this address and it will pull up this lamp on Pinterest. I've copied the description from Pinterest and then translated it.
      Pinterest Description: Tischlampe Jugendstil um 1900, Bronze gegossen und dunkelbraun patiniert, signiert Wetzel, figürli
      Translation: Table lamp Jugendstil around 1900, bronze cast and dark brown patinated, signed Wetzel, figürli
      Click on the Pinterest picture & it will take you to a German Auction website with a little more information...but not much. I've copied and translated this info as well.
      Website Information: Tischlampe Jugendstil
      um 1900, Bronze gegossen und dunkelbraun patiniert, signiert Wetzel, figürlich gearbeiteter Fuß in Form eines jungen Mannes, mit den Händen den gebogenen Leuchterarm fassend, abgehängter Kuppelschirm aus getriebenem Messing, mit eingesetzten bernsteinfarbenen Glascabochons, einflammig elektr., Oberfläche mit Altersspuren, H 45 cm.
      Translation: Table lamp Art Nouveau Around 1900, bronze cast and dark brown patinated, signed Wetzel, figuratively worked foot in the form of a young man, holding the bent arm of the arm with his hands, suspended brass domed umbrella, with amber colored glass cabochons, one-flame electric, surface with age traces, H 45 cm.
      You might be able to contact the Auction House and ask if they can send you the published Auction Catalogue for this item, or thy can point you in the right direction.
      Hope this helps...Kathy
      P.S. I used Google Translate - I don't know German!!! ;-D
    13. Hyp-storian, 4 years ago
      Thanks SO much Kathy- much appreciated!

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