International Decorative Art

Teco Table Lamp (No. 339)

Teco Table Lamp (No. 339)

Design Date Year
1900–1905

Designer Artist
William Bryce Mundie (1863–1939, American, b. Canada)

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.

ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3

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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