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A FINE 'APPLE TREE' REVERSE-PAINTED GLASS AND PATINATED-METAL TABLE LAMP
A FINE 'APPLE TREE' REVERSE-PAINTED GLASS AND PATINATED-METAL TABLE LAMP

PAIRPOINT, CIRCA 1910

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A FINE 'APPLE TREE' REVERSE-PAINTED GLASS AND PATINATED-METAL TABLE LAMP
Pairpoint, circa 1910
The puffy shade molded in high relief to depict three bumble bees and two butterflies fluttering over fruiting branches laden with ripe apples, delicate blossoms and lush foliage, the interior finely painted in vivid colors of orange, yellow, emerald green, mint green, pink, violet, sienna and indigo blue, the patinated-metal base cast in the form of a tree trunk with green patina, stamped PAIRPOINT MFG CO 3091
23in. (58.5cm.) high, 13in. (33.6cm.) diameter of the shade

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Several American firms, including Handel, Jefferson and Moe Bridges, competed with Pairpoint in the manufacturing of painted glass lamp shades. Decorated with landscapes, floral arrangements and avian scenes, these shades were inspired more by prevailing tastes in American painting and Victorian porcelain than contemporaneous design movements. But Pairpoint's patented mold-blown "puffy" shades, introduced in 1905, distinguished the firm from its rivals. Although many of these "puffies" are stylistically Victorian, the lamps masquerading as apple and orange trees can be seen as an American contribution to the Art Nouveau. In the same way that the "Wistaria" lamp by Tiffany Studios casts the entire shade and base as a natural form, the Pairpoint "Apple Tree" lamp is an organic sculpture disguising its actual function. The extraordinary raised decoration of this shade's glass surface, enlivened with ripening apples, hovering insects and lush foliage, gives this electrolier a blooming vitality and movement.
cf. Edward and Sheila Malakoff, Pairpoint Lamps, 1990, front and back cover illustrations and pp. 14, 15 for illustrations of this model
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