We are offering a fine example of a Goberg signed oil lamp with a handle and matchbox holder. It is designed to be carried from location to location using the handle. The piece is based on the highly desirable chambersticks that Goberg made. In this case the candle cup has been replace with the oil lamp. It is also a bit unusual because it has the matchbox holder affixed to the base, something which was not always done on Goberg’s chambersticks. The total height is about 8.75 inches and the circular base is about 5 ½ inches in diameter. Typical of Goberg's work this piece shows the hand hammered designs and textures for which he is so well known. It is made with very heavy gauge iron indicating that it is some of his earlier work. Overall the piece is in excellent condition. Goberg used three different types of finishes on his work, black paint, varnish or bare metal. This piece is bare metal. It has some very minor oxidation which is usually expected on old iron work. There is a wonderful soft semi-gloss patina that covers the whole surface and can only come with age. The metalwork is sound with no loosening of the joints. It sits well and looks great on a table. An old wick is in place so all you need to do is add lamp oil and then you can search for an honest man. The piece is signed "Austria" and “Rasper.” At one point in his career Goberg moved to Austria and worked under the name Rasper. Eventually, he created objects under both Goberg and Rasper. We have sold several other chambersticks that had a base identical to this one that lacked any signature. Goberg was always inconsistent about what he signed and did not sign. The condition of this chamberstick is well above average. Rest assured that wherever you put this beauty it is bound to show well and draw many great looks and comments. It is perfect to have available for your next power outage!
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks. Besides being considered a metal fabricator of the Arts & Crafts era, Goberg is also closely associated with the German Jugendstil or Secessionist movement of the same time frame. Much of his work was sold at Liberty of London with an occasional piece finding its way to the U.S. The Rasper line was sold all over Europe with pieces seldom appearing in the U.S.
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