Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris)
Gilt bronze and alabaster
H. 29 1/2, Diam. 7 3/4 in. (74.9 x 19.7 cm)
Shade: Diam. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chow, 1985
Not on view
This lamp comprises a translucent alabaster shade raised on a high gilt-bronze tripod base. The attenuated legs (open on the inside), one of which houses the electrical cord, taper inward toward the shallow domed foot. The shade rests on a heavy reeded collar that houses the bulb socket. When the bulb is illuminated, the mottled alabaster casts a warm outward ambient glow, while brighter, more focused light is directed upward.
(sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, 1983); Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chow, New York (until 1985; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," June 10–September 5, 2004, no. 43.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," September 30–December 12, 2004, no. 43.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Marcel Zahar. "Oeuvres dernières de Ruhlmann." Art et décoration 63 (January 1934), p. 10.
Exposition Rétrospective: E.-J. Ruhlmann. Exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Paris, 1934, unpaginated.
Florence Camard. Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco. New York, 1984, pp. 145, 296.
Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, ed. Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco. Exh. cat., Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt. Paris, 2004, p. 292.
Florence Camard. Jacques Émile Ruhlmann. New York, 2011, p. 391.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 202–3, 262, no. 58, ill. (color and installation photo, Ruhlmann showroom, 1930).