A fine American parcel gilt, patinated bronze and marble figural lamp Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York, circa 1910

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Lot 2124
A fine American parcel gilt, patinated bronze and marble figural lamp
Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York, circa 1910

Sold for US$ 36,600 inc. premium
A fine American parcel gilt, patinated bronze and marble figural lamp
Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York, circa 1910
height 33in (84cm); width 12 1/4in (31cm); depth 9 3/4in (25cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Charlton Yarnall, Crum Creek Farm, Philadelphia

    Edward F. Caldwell & Co. was one of the most important and innovative producers of electric light fixtures and decorative metalwork in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

    The firm was founded in 1895 by Edward F. Caldwell (1851-1914), a portrait painter and designer from Waterville, New York, and Victor von Loosberg (1853-1942), a European-trained designer and draftsman. Caldwell's canny business sense and artistic talent combined with von Loosberg's abilities as a designer and first-hand knowledge of historical European models made them perfectly suited for success at a time when many important buildings were being built and fitted for electricity, and the prevailing taste ran strongly to historicism and revival styles. Caldwell and von Loosberg would often take trips to Europe in order to add to their repertoire of designs and motifs for fixtures, combining technical know-how with a high artistic standard.

    With a reputation for the highest quality and the ability to take on large commissions (they opened their own foundry in 1901), the firm flourished, and their work was commissioned for such landmarks as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the Vanderbilt, Frick, Carnegie and Morgan residences, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the White House.

    An identical lamp to the one offered here, entitled Marble Turtle With Triton – Bronze, was exhibited by Caldwell in 1903 at the annual exhibit of the Architectural League of New York in the galleries of the Fine Art Society on 215 West 57th Street.

    Literature:
    Catalogue of the Eighteenth Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, Architectural Press, New York, 1903, p. 35, no. 366

    Stephen H. Van Dyk, Caldwell & Company: Masters of Metal and Light, Smithsonian Institution Museum Libraries website (www.sil.si.edu)
A fine American parcel gilt, patinated bronze and marble figural lamp Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York, circa 1910
A fine American parcel gilt, patinated bronze and marble figural lamp Edward F. Caldwell & Co., New York, circa 1910
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