Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Table Lamp

Designer:
Walter von Nessen (American (born Germany), Berlin 1899–1943 Wiscasset, Maine)
Manufacturer:
Nessen Studio, Inc. (American, New York)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Silvered brass; paper
Dimensions:
H. 31, Diam. 18-1/4 inches (78.7 x 46.4 cm)
Classification:
Lighting
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.537.41a-d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902
Walter von Nessen founded Nessen Studios, Inc., in Manhattan’s Murray Hill, in 1927. There he designed and fabricated lighting, such as this 1928 table lamp, the base of which references the jagged edges of the New York cityscape. Von Nessen’s streamlined Art Deco designs quickly gained him favor among many leading architects, who commissioned him to create custom light fixtures for their clients. As one of the first lighting designers, von Nessen’s efficient and streamlined lamps proved very influential to the development of interior design.
John C. Waddell, New York (until 1998; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 60).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 27–July 20, 2003, unnumbered cat. (p. 453).

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 15, 2003–January 4, 2004, unnumbered cat.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 13–July 5, 2004, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 19, 2004–January 9, 2005, unnumbered cat.

Alastair Duncan. Art Deco. London, 1988, p. 69 (on von Nessen lamps in general).

J. Stewart Johnson. American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2000, pp. 46, 175, ill. p. 60 (color) and frontispiece (color).



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