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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Here's another deco lamp from my collection. Mica, a crystallized mineral which was used in lamp shades to create a beautiful glow, was typically associated with Arts and Crafts period, but Art Deco lamps using mica shades were also available, albeit rarer to find today. The use of mica as a lamp shade material generally faded out in vintage lamps after World War II. This French or American made mica lamp (manufacturer and designer unknown) was most likely a transitional design lamp between the Arts and Crafts period and the Art Deco era, probably made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. The lamp base is an amber crackle glass, and the sun ray motif is an iconic design motif for the Art Deco period. The skyscraper metal finial is a nice deco touch to this lamp.

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    1. toolate2 toolate2, 11 years ago
      Wow! Very nice lamp. I want it!!
    2. artislove artislove, 10 years ago
      wow never saw a mica lamp before thanx for sharing
    3. wagesofzin wagesofzin, 7 years ago
      I know this is old, but: I was led to believe that these lamps were French circa 1930. I actually have four of these, and two have shades identical to the one depicted. One of the shades needs repair. IIRC ( two lamps are packed up and stored in a closet) three of the four have green crackle glass bodies.

      At any rate, they are VERY cool lamps.
    4. Arisellon Arisellon, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the comment. It looks like Skinner auctions has recently identified a similar lamp as French 1920's:

      It's often hard to tell where some of these items originated. But I'm glad to update the details on my items as I learn more about them.
    5. Gillian, 7 years ago
      I looked at the link - and your lamp and the one in the auction are just beautiful. Thanks for posting the lamp, and I'm really glad the post was resurrected.

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