Posted 3 years ago
This Consolidated (or Phoenix?) lamp, made using a Consolidated 700 Line Martele (Mar-te-lay) vase mold, is 19.5" high. The body is 7" in diameter. Some collectors call this a fairy vase but I am not sure of the correct name for this design. It may have originally been called "Vine". This is the only example of a complete lamp that I have seen. I have seen a handful of lamp bodies being sold as vases, though. The lamp bodies have a sort of collar in the bottom that was apparently drilled out or hot worked to complete the hole for the cord and make a mounting point for the pipe. I suspect that the harp, part of the socket and cord have been replaced, but that is just a guess. The rest of the lamp, including the finial, appears to be original. Just want to document this lamp as it is seldom seen.
The Phoenix Glass Company and the Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company had a complicated history, as shown by the link from the Glass Encyclopedia below. I don't know if this lamp was made by the Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company or by the Phoenix Glass Company using a Consolidated mold. I suspect the former, but information on this particular lamp appears to be nonexistent.
Histories of the Phoenix and Consolidated glass companies:
Another apparently rare piece that I have is a Muncie Pottery copy of this Consolidated vase in pottery that was also made as a lamp base. I found just the pottery base, minus the lamp parts, in someone's curbside garbage while taking a walk and thought it too nice to go to the dump. I display it on a wooden stand as an art piece. Image #4 has some images of this Muncie lamp body. One of these days, I will resurrect it as a lamp, probably using the somewhat fancy wooden stand as a new base. It is a pretty exact copy of the glass lamp, though unfortunately when I took pictures of it, I shot the wrong side.
Reproductions of Consolidated glass pieces were made from the original molds in the 1990s. Both Sinclair Glass and Pilgrim Glass Company made copies of Consolidated Glass pieces from the original molds which were purchased by Sinclair Glass, some of which were later sold to Pilgrim Glass. Pilgrim apparently also made lamps using these molds, though it appears only in solid frosted finishes. My lamp appears to be quite a bit older than the 1990s and does not have a solid frosted finish.
This link contains two pages from Pilgrim's catalog which show their offerings made using Consolidated molds.