Pair of 1950s American Frederick Cooper tall gold leaf and cream painted table lamps which are often mistaken and are in the style of James Mont. The lamps are constructed from heavy turned wood which have been carved to form four concentric oval shaped balls with a feature ring flange spacer in between. The circular base and ovals have been gold-leafed and the spacers between painted in a light cream colour. The brass patinated bulb socket sits at the top of a matching brass tube allowing the shade to stand proud of the base to ensure it doesn't cover any of its beauty. The frames of each shade are original and a brass finial is fitted to the top of each one to secure the shade in place. The shades clip onto the lamp as illustrated in the images. The shades have been recovered in a deep coloured maroon fabric with a gold reflective interior. Rewired by a professional electrician with a dark brown twisted silk flex. A dimmer-switch slider is fitted to each flex allowing you to turn them on/off easily and at the exact brightness you require. The bulb holder has been replaced to accommodate a single E27 Bayonet bulb.
The lamps were totally restored around 20 years ago and are in good vintage condition. However, there is some age-related wear in places, some scratches and blemishes and lifting of the gilt as illustrated in the images. The bases have been covered in a green felt in order to avert them scratching any polished wooden surfaces.
The lamps are amazing and are perfect to add that 'wow factor' to a living or dining room perhaps as side lamps either side of a sofa or on a sideboard.
Dimensions: Overall Height including Shade: 110cm Height to the top of the bulb socket: 81cm Diameter: 23cm Shade Height: 16 inches Shade Diameter: Top 17 inches Base: 19 inches
Information on 1st Dibs about the manufacturer - Frederick Cooper
In the early 20th century, a Chicago artist named Frederick Cooper found himself captivated by home lighting and electric lamps, which were only common in approximately half of American households during the mid-1920s. Cooper, whose primary media were sculpture and painting, began to design stately, modern table lamps that mirrored the grandeur of the burgeoning architecture in the Windy City.
Cooper accrued some notoriety as a forward-looking lamp designer who combined materials like brass, ceramics, glass and wood to create exquisitely crafted lamps, particularly at a time when the striking chrome finishes and sharp geometric angles of Art Deco lighting had become immensely popular.
The Frederick Cooper Lamp Company was eventually sold to Benjamin Markle and Russian immigrant Leo Gershanov. Under their stewardship after the Second World War, the manufacturer flourished in Chicago and the local lighting artisans at Stiffel gained a formidable competitor. The timing was particularly ripe — the demand for table lamps to furnish new houses exploded, and the company built on Cooper’s artistic reputation and his signature styles.
Lighting designers at Frederick Cooper innovated in the years that followed, integrating alluring materials like glazed ceramics, painted porcelain, marble and jade. Apart from the classic Art Deco designs that defined the studio’s work in its early days, the company’s craftsmen experimented with Asian-inspired designs and produced floor lamps, wall lights, modernist chandeliers and other fixtures in varying furniture styles such as Neoclassical, Hollywood Regency and Empire.