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International Decorative Art

Teco Table Lamp (No. 339)

Teco Table Lamp (No. 339)

Design Date
1900–1905

Designer
William Bryce Mundie (1863–1939, Canadian-American)

Manufacturer
Gates Potteries (1899–1929), Terra Cotta, IL

Media
ceramic

Dimensions
12 x 10 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches

Teco Ware was a line of pottery by Gates Potteries, named for the first syllables of Terra Cotta, which was the Illinois town where Gates was situated, as well as a type of clay. William Day Gates, the founder of Gates Potteries, commissioned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and William James Dodd to create designs for Teco pottery. As a result, the Teco aesthetic is heavily influenced by Wright’s Prairie School, with simplified shapes and architectural handles and supports, like the stout legs on this lamp. Teco pottery is characterized by a matte, sea green glaze and a surface mostly devoid of ornamentation. The pots were molded, rather than thrown by hand on the potter’s wheel, which made them easier to mass-produce and therefore more affordable.

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Markings
Four Teco "T"-shaped logo marks impressed in bottom, one under each foot

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2000.0037

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