A true Art Deco 'moderniste' skyscraper lamp from the 1930s, consisting of a metal support and a squared white satin glass globe with stepped dome.
The glasswork shade echoes the architecture of the skyscrapers which was a repetitive theme in Art Deco design.
Art Deco design had always been distinguished by its geometric expression. As skyscrapers started springing up one after another in the New York skyline, the simple yet powerful stepped “ziggurat pattern” formed by the towering buildings rejuvenated the art nouveau style, which had traditionally emphasized curved lines. Over and over, new buildings towered higher than the last, as if competing to reach the sky itself. Soon the tallest of them came to be known as “skyscrapers,” symbols of new technology and the new urban lifestyle of the time.
The console is a square of 12cm nickel-plated brass. The insertion of the globe is done through a clever device where a ring with two pins, attached to the neck of the glass, fits into the support and is fixed after an internal rotation of the gallery.
A partial oxidation of the metal, an enlarged opening of the grommet, are slight defects to report. The globe is in perfect condition, with some small sparse air bubbles trapped in the glass.
The lamp weighs 0.9 kilo and has a height of 22cm. It has been rewired with a new cord wrapped in gray fabric, B22 bayonet socket, new plug and switch.