Shade and base: glazed pottery; shade inset with glass
H. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm.); Diam. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Purchase, Anonymous Gift and William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 1998
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
The Fulper Pottery was one of the most prolific, successful, and long-lasting art potteries in America. Fulper had operated in Flemington, New Jersey, producing utilitarian stoneware since the early nineteenth century. It was not until 1909 that the firm developed an artistic line, called "Vasekraft," under the direction of William Hill Fulper II (1872-1928), in whose family the lamp descended. The majority of its production was simple solid oriental shapes with brilliantly colored glazes. Fulper lamps-with glazed pottery shades inset with colored glass-were truly innovative forms. The firm's most spectacular and innovative accomplishments are the table lamps made with glazed pottery bases and shades, which were inset with pieces of colored opalescent glass. This ambitious example, one of only two known of this design, features a shade in the most complex pattern made by the factory. The glass-filled openings delineate dragonflies and water lilies, motifs favored at the same time by noted glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Evoking the natural watery environment of the insects and plants, the lamp is sheathed in a rich Chinese blue flambé glaze.
Inscription: [on inside of base in ink]: FULPER (vertical mark in rectangle)
Marking: [marked on underside of shade in ink]: (Vasekraft logo of potter at wheel within circle) / 8 / 17 / 60
The piece was owned by William Fulper, founder of the Fulper Pottery;descended to his son, William Fulper, Jr.,and subsequently to his four daughters who are offering the lamp for sale.