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Table Lamp

1903
Glass, bronzed pewter.
47 cm (18,5 in.)

Description

Table lamp in bronzed pewter and glass.

Inscriptions

MH20 in square, double eagle (Doppeladler)

Comment

Design is attributed to Gustav Gurschner. The three other examples of this lamp I have seen have a silvered pewter frame. This one has a bronzed pewter frame. The shade is Loetz blue Medici Phänomen glass (Gre 2/484).
Literature: Alastair Duncan, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1978), p. 120; A. Adlerova, J. Mergl and D. Panenkova, Das Böhmische Glas 1700-1950, Vol. IV (Passauer Glasmuseum, Passau, 1995), p. 95.

Provenance: Christie's, Feb. 11, 2003, lot 40.

About Gustav Gurschner

Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970) was an Austrian sculptor active in the decorative arts. He studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. He married the writer Alice Pollak in 1897. In 1898, he participated in the inaugural exposition of the Vienna Secession. From 1904 to 1908, he was part of the Hagenbund, a group of like-minded Austrian artists. His body of work consists of functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, door knockers, and doorknobs. Gurschner's style was influenced by the sinuous lines of Art nouveau and the symmetry of the Wiener Werkstätte.[1] In 1914 Gurschner designed medals and uniforms for the sovereign prince of Albania, Wilhelm zu Wied. In July he raised and led a small army of 150 volunteers to help the prince fight of rebels who laid siege to his capital of Durrës..

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