International Decorative Art

Lamp composed of Art Glass pieces

Lamp composed of Art Glass pieces

Design Date 1903–1904

Designer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959, American)

Manufacturer Linden Glass Company (1884–1934), Chicago, IL

Media glass with copper-plated zinc caming

Dimensions Lamp: 17 x 12 x 12 inches

This unique lamp is constructed from two pieces of art glass (1903–1904) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In 1907, Wright curated a selection of his work for the Chicago Architectural Club, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Both of these art glass pieces were included, shown as parts of two separate light fixtures. The rectangular body of the lamp matches a design for his recently completed Susan Lawrence Dana House in Springfield, Illinois (1902–1904), but these pieces were probably made for the Art Institute exhibition.

In 1964, an art collector and Wright enthusiast, Bertie Slutzky, purchased the two art glass pieces at a Chicago antiques store. She recognized the glass as works by Frank Lloyd Wright and brought them to a local metalsmith with the idea to join the glass pieces together to create a table lamp. Despite continuing research, where these pieces went after the 1907 exhibition and how they ended up in a Chicago antique store in the early 1960s remains unknown, but the lamp has found a lasting home in the Museum’s collection.

ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Gift of Louis Newman and Justin Ferate

Accession Number 2018.103.001