Dirk Van Erp (American, born Netherlands, 1859–1933)
San Francisco, California
H. 26 in. (66 cm), Diam. 23 in. (58.4 cm)
Gift of Charles L. and Jane D. Kaufmann, 1989 (1989.129)
Emigrating from the Netherlands, California Arts and Crafts metalworker Dirk Van Erp was known for his metal lamps. In 1910–11, Van Erp entered into a brief partnership with Elizabeth Eleanor D'Arcy Gaw, a designer who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and C. R. Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft. This lamp features a mica shade that crowns the hand-hammered baluster-shaped base of a rich reddish brown copper. The lamp was not produced before 1910 and it is likely to have been a collaboration between the two designers. After D'Arcy Gaw left, Van Erp's studio continued to produce the designs.