1930s Art Deco Period Pottery Italian Majolica Table Lamp
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This Italian pottery lamp started as a sgraffito decorated majolica vase from the 1920's-1930's. It was drilled and converted to a table lamp, mounted on a stepped dark wood base and topped with a brass vase cap. The stylized leaves, fruit and geometric shapes, outlined as is typical in brown, were incised in panels and surrounded by narrow bands of color. The hand painted washes of colors ---shades of yellow, green, amber, blue and red--pop against the white background. The vase itself measures 7 1/2 inches tall, with a shoulder circumference of 17 inches. The bottom of the pottery vase has no mark (we checked) but the mark may have disappeared when the piece was drilled. It's probably from the Umbria region (Deruta, Perugia, etc.) and has an Italian Art Deco period look.
The lamp is equipped with a Leviton bulb socket with a turn knob and has a 6 foot long brown cord and plug, all in good condition. It retains its original brass harp and finial, both darkened by age, as is the vase cap. We tested it with a 60 watt bulb and it worked fine.* It does not have a shade; we have shown one of ours on it in the final photo. It's way too large, but gives you some idea of how the finished lamp looks. Overall the lamp measures 17 inches tall to the top of the finial, with a 4 1/2 inch diameter base, and it weighs just under two pounds. The pottery is in good condition, with a shallow chip on one green leaf, shown in photograph # 3, which can be turned to one side. There are no cracks or repairs and it's a charming lamp for a small table, alone or in a grouping.
*FYI/Disclaimer: The vintage lamps we sell are all in working order when we ship them to you, but we do recommend that you have them checked out for long term use by a licensed electrician, since we are not electrical experts.