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Table Lamp

Manufacturer:
Pattyn Products Co. (Detroit, Michigan)
Designer:
Unknown Designer
Date:
ca. 1935
Culture:
American
Medium:
Aluminum, Bakelite, and glass
Dimensions:
H. 19-3/4, Diam. 8 in. (50.2 x 20.3 cm.)
Classification:
Lighting
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.537.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 903
The Bauhaus, an art and design school founded in Germany in 1919, trained its students to work with industrial producers to manufacture affordable household objects that exemplified efficient design. Bauhaus designers found inspiration in pure geometric forms, and American designers quickly adopted this aesthetic, radically paring objects down to basic shapes that were easy to fabricate mechanically. The stacked cylinders of this table lamp evoke the moving cogs of machinery and exemplify the simplified beauty of industrial, everyday modernism.
John C. Waddell, New York (until 1998; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture," June 29–November 14, 1999, no catalogue.

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. 125).

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.

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