Posted 9 months ago
I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this boudoir lamp listed for sale. It is three of my favorite hobbies rolled into one: flowers, Loetz glass and lamps! Fortunately I had seen the pattern in Lnenickova's reference book and made the mental note that if I EVER saw one I would buy it immediately.
This is a rarely found Loetz PN II-2501 art glass lamp ca. 1905. It has 3 rows of 3 petals: the inner 3 are hellrosa, the outer 6 petals are candia silberiris and the base is clear covered with creta frit and has pulled attachment points. This lamp has a polished pontil and the foot has a raised ruffle to accommodate the cord. The entire piece is highly iridescent with the exception of the pink inner petals which are less so.
This amazing beauty sadly arrived with a modern candelabra socket and new white plastic cord, which I will replace with a more appropriate cloth cord set and Art Nouveau plug. It is about 7" (180mm) dia. and 6" (150mm) tall. It is a substantial piece and hasn't a single chip anywhere on it, despite it's age and all those "chippable" edges!
The seller stated that this piece came from the estate of Carl Duke who passed away last fall. Duke was a renown artist and the former head of the Visual Arts Department at Pensacola State College. Thank you Mr. Duke for appreciating and preserving this stunning piece of Loetz glass!