Mustang Vtg Cold Painted Plaster Horse Lamp Galvano Bronze Mark Paul Herzel 20"
Current price $49.00
Listing type Chinese
Location Tilton, New Hampshire 032** US
Quantity sold 0
Quantity available 1
Seller catamountcurios (2192)
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Featured Refinements Bronze Lamp
Style Art Deco
Primary Material Plaster
Maker Galvano Bronze Co
Country/Region Of Origin United States
You're bidding on a vintage-to-antique lamp - base dimensions are 6" X 4" and 20" tall to the top of the finial screw cap - plaster cast with cold-painted design in bronze and crimson. Not artist marked, but a known design, "Stallion", by Paul Herzel - an early-to-mid-20th century sculptor, artist and designer who created many classic bookend and decorative metal designs of the Art Deco period. A beautiful design of a horse, standing on an incline, turning to look in the general direction of the viewer, tail slightly bushed.
This is where it gets perplexing - lamp is back-marked as manufactured by Galvano Bronze Co. - a company which operated from the 1880s until the early 1900s and pioneered the use of electroform bronze plating - which is basically taking a plaster casting and electroplating a heavy bronze casting on it. So the mystery is, why is the lamp not bronze clad? My guess is that the company was sold around the turn of the century to the employees and re-named the Pompeian Bronze Co. - the electroform process is expensive, so perhaps this was an inexpensive way to clear out old castings with the prior company's branding already casted?
At any rate it's still a beautiful lamp, and a bit of an oddity. Note a few issues of condition - mainly some minor bumps and dings, although one small chip on the front-right corner of the base is more visible. Lamp is fully wired and working. Please review photos carefully to make your own determination of overall condition and appeal, and don't hesitate to ask any questions prior to bidding - thanks for looking!
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