A French Art Deco "Cobra" table lamp designed by the renowned French ironworker and weapons designer Edgar Brandt (1880-1960). Egyptian pharaohs wore the figure of the sacred asp or cobra on their crowns to ward off enemies. Here, the cobra with a dilated throat assumes particularly dramatic expression in bronze, its scaled skin beautifully rendered in patina, using a complex chemical oxidation process. Brandt frequently worked with glass makers and potters to integrated diverse materials into his designs. In this work the cobra's undulating body sinuously wraps around a conical orange- and rose-colored cameo glass shade made by Daum. The table-size "Cobra" lamp was originally produced in two heights, approximately 41" and 20"-21". Variations in size resulted from special commissions. The torchères were made to order, often for clients who were captivated by the exoticism of the model displayed in the showroom. Full-page advertisements glossed the pages of periodicals like Mobilier et Decoration. Even though the focus of Brandt's firm centered upon a limited production of wrought iron objects, he cast approximately 100 "Cobra" torchères. The patina was done by specialists. Variations in the material for the shades included alabaster, pate de verre, metal and plastic. Marble and bronze bases exist. Different arrangements have also been seen for the winding and folding of the serpent's tail. The table-size models of these lamps are extremely rare. Shade signed: "Daum Nancy France" with the Croix de Lorraine. Base signed: "E. Brandt" Pictured in "Edgar Brandt: Master of Art Deco Ironwork" by Joan Kahr, 157.
|Artist: Daum and Brandt|
|Dimensions: 20'' high x 6'' wide|
|Base Signed: E. Brandt|
|Item #: EL-19494|
|Price: $39,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|