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Lot 1016
Circa 1920, Chicago, IL
Apparently unmarked
The lamp designed by Fritz Albert, the base designed by Fernand Moreau (1853 - 1920), modeled as an Egyptian maiden holding aloft a standard and leaning against a stepped pillar decorated in relief with geometric patterns and an owl, over a square tapering pedestal decorated in relief geometric structures, a cat, and an owl, 2 pieces
Overall: 72" H x 13" W x 11.5" D

Literature: Illustrated: Darling, Sharon S., ''Chicago Ceramics and Glass: An Illustrated History from 1871 to 1933''. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1979, p. 72.
Notes: A similar lamp and pedestal with white glaze was sold by Skinner, March 27, 2010, Lot 64. Skinner's catalogue states that they were ''purportedly'' designed for Midway Gardens in Chicago. A similar lamp, also white-glazed, without pedestal, was sold by Rago, April 2008, Lot 78A, and listed as ''from Midway Gardens''. This massive entertainment complex was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913 - 14 and demolished in 1929. Sculptor Fernand Moreau, a native of France, was a teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1904 he joined Gates Potteries, where Fritz Albert was the factory's chief modeler. Albert and Moreau both moved on to the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company sometime after 1906. The two also designed for Teco Pottery.


Overall good condition with scattered minor scratches, scuffs and dust accumulation commensurate with age. Finial deficient. The lamp with nicks, fleabites and scattered small chips to various corners and underside edge of base commensurate with age. Nicks and fleabites to base of pedestal. Crazing and hairline cracks to glaze. Lamp finial deficient.

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An Art Deco lamp and pedestal, Northwestern Terra Cotta

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Feb 20, 2018