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    Posted 13 years ago

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    Just aquired this beatutiful lamp and I can't find any info on it except that it is a Gerdago Pixie Lamp. The lamp resembles a mushroom with the pixie dancing underneath. It produces a soft night light glow when lit.

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    1. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      I found lots. They were circa 1920-1930. They were made by the JB Hirsch company. Some of these can go pretty high
    2. juststuff juststuff, 13 years ago
      Thanks for the info. Maybe I should get it appraised and insured.
    3. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 13 years ago
      The true value of something is what somebody is willing to pay for it.I use Ebay auctions(Not Buy It Now)to get a good idea of what something is worth in todays market.
    4. rlwindle rlwindle, 11 years ago
      I have the clock that goes with this lamp, and I know there are also bookends or garnitures for it. The bookends show the lady seated as does my clock, they are from 1925 and are rare, they were made by the J B Hirsch foundry.

      I also have a pirate set by J B Hirsch also consisting of a lamp, clock, and one book end, these are from 1931.

    5. rlwindle rlwindle, 11 years ago
      Check out my collection to see her. The garnitures are located at the link below.,r:0,s:100,i:4
    6. rlwindle rlwindle, 11 years ago
      Here is the link to my clock on Collector's Weekly.
    7. Stillwater Stillwater, 11 years ago
      Does she have an ivory face?

      My mother sold a dish that looked like the same thing, it was broken and she still got a ton of money for it
    8. rlwindle rlwindle, 11 years ago
      The face and hands are what is called ivorine and not ivory. It's an artificial Ivory.
    9. Stillwater Stillwater, 11 years ago
      Yes I know what Ivorine is. The one my mother sold was real ivory, so it must have been different, but she was wearing the same red outfit.
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      These are plentiful and usually made much after 1931, yours dates to around the later 40's when the molds were discovered and made by the Hirsch foundry. There is detailed information on these in the books on metal statues by Harold Berman. The sculptor was Henri Fugere. He did the work which has been mistakenly attributed to Gerdago for so many years, especially in the 80's, when these wrong attributions started. I have several of these in the form of lamps and some are on my page.
    11. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
      Harold Berman was an extended hobbyist, he had no art certification and his books are riddled with errors, Heritage Auctions say they only use his books for the illustrations but warn they could be wrong also. The original sculpture was made by Ignacio Gallo, not Henri Fugere, Maybe Phil should look at the attributions in his own collection before correcting you.
    12. welzebub welzebub, 6 years ago
      From Phil's posts... this was posted 6 months ago. It looks like he simply may have mis-spoken. It also appears that the correct attribution he posted in the link was from Berman's book.

      For what it is worth, your harsh criticism comes off a touch rude.... at least from my perspective.

    13. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
      Phil didn't misspeak he and Berman (for once) got it right on Phil's post, that's what I meant when I said he should check his own attributions before assigning others to another item.

      From my perspective you and Phil both come off as sounding bombastic and condescending, which would sound a bit rude when questioning your bill of fare.
    14. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 6 years ago
      I just found a set of the book ends. They are so fabulous. I had seen pictures, but they are much more impressive in person
    15. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Actually Harold Berman wrote the book and he was applauded by the museum of modern art for doing so. In 1966 one of the Hirshs' I think it was Stanley was talking to the Museum director about their statues they had an exibit on beaux arts staues and recommended that the Hirsch's meet with Harold Berman. A lot of people put their age of their staues as being from the 1920's. The truth is that the Hirsh Foundry could not have made these in the 20's and 30's because they never dug up the moulds not until the second world war !! Some people just like to argue however. Berman actually worked in the Hersch Foundry helping to produce a statue so he could know how the process began. The source of the auction did not even know about Hersch until I tipped them on Berman, plus they never had the book, so they just surmised about his incredible knowledge which was considerably much higher than rwindle's fantasy.
    16. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Also to note is that I have seen many errors on a number of things on Heritage Auctions and if you take the word of an auctioneer, than you are a fool. Most people can vouch for that !
    17. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
      I would take the word of an auctioneer over your's any day.
    18. welzebub welzebub, 6 years ago
      Although there are some good auction houses for sure, the vast majority are more concerned with revenue than accuracy. Most simply lack the manpower and expertise to accurately identify everything.

      Having attended auctions for several decades, I can assure you that taking the word of an auctioneer without question is a fools errand.
    19. Newfld Newfld, 6 years ago
      Peace, guys. Phil, this is a gorgeous lamp, the lady is so adorably posed & it's in great shape for age

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