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Figural Gilt Polychrome Matador Floor Lamp by Atelier de Recherché Plastique MCM


A large indoor figural post lamp in the form of a matador by Atelier de Recherche Plastique, 'ARP' Copyright mark 'ARP' to the back Gilt ornament accentuate the width of the shoulders as well as the narrowness of the waist and strength of the calves. Beautiful, whimsical and glamorous but also just strange enough to go beyond the traditional figural lamp and provide a truly memorable, mid-century experience for its viewer. It’s an oddness that was once kitsch but has crossed over into the realm of aesthetic importance / relevance as it seems so extremely particular to its time and so absolutely alien to the aesthetic of today. Gothic sculpture also comes to mind. Stylized, but with a historical understanding of form and classical tradition...a hybrid form that is purposefully naive, perhaps? Will require re-wiring. Age appropriate wear. overall desirable patina. Good to fair vintage condition. Presents extremely well. Gorgeous draped velvet. Intricate detail abounds. A bit of background: The ARP (Atelier de Recherche Plastique), founded in 1954 by Pierre Guariche, Michel Mortier and Joseph-André Motte, was meant to change the codes of classicism to create a more intriguing, interesting and accessible designs. Some of their great successes include a line of storage furniture for Minvielle and armchairs for Steiner.


  • Creator
    Atelier de Recherché Plastique (Maker)
  • Of the Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition Details
    Good to fair vintage condition. Desirable patina. Charming overall. Will need to be rewired. Please be in touch with us if you would like to have this done prior to delivery.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 62 in. x Dm 17 in.H 157.48 cm x Dm 43.18 cm
  • Diameter
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
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