1 of 5 images

Rare Edward Wormley Rosewood and Brass Floor Lamp for Hansen

About

Beautiful, subtle floor lamp, with three-sided, tapering shaft and brass base and fixtures. Three-way cluster socket. Fantastic design. Stamped "Hansen, New York" to underside of base.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Wood finish is great original. Wonderful rosewood grain and rich, even color.Brass was cleaned and repatina'd.
  • Seller location
    Hudson, NY
  • Item location

    1stdibs Gallery at 200 LEX

    200 Lexington Avenue

    New York, NY 10016

  • Reference number
    U1106138002961

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Edward Wormley (Designer)

As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc., and Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc., one of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid 20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era.

     Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago but ran out of money for tuition before he could graduate. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match. Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year — one traditional, one modern — until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers.

     Many of Wormley’s signature pieces are modern interpretations of traditional forms. His 1946 Riemerschmid Chair —an example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the “Precedent” line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture. But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine Table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. As the items on these pages demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2004
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Hudson, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Mahogany and Nickeled Brass Floor Lamp for Hansen
Hansen, Edward Wormley
Tapered, eight-sided solid mahogany stem on octagonal nickeled base, with nickeled brass hardware at the top. Stamped "Hansen NY" underneath, and with Hansen twist three-way switch.
Brass T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Floor Lamp for Ha...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
American Floor Lamps
Brass
Solid brass with cruciform base for Hansen Lighting of New York. Beautiful old example of this simple and elegant design. Features two sockets with chain pulls and original diffuser ...
Hansen Aluminum and Enameled Brass Floor Lamp
Hansen Lighting Co.
American Floor Lamps
Great architectural design. Center stem is composed of four aluminum rods held by gun metal enameled brass braces and X-base. Featuring Hansen's patented three-way rotating switch.
Tripod Floor Lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hansen Lighting Co.
American Floor Lamps
Solid brass tripod floor lamp model 206, first introduced in 1950. This example is likely from the early 1970s and retains a clean, tarnish-free high-polish brass finish with a light...
You May Also Like
Satin Steel Floor Lamps by Stewart Ross James f...
Hansen, Stewart Ross James
American Floor Lamps
Steel
A pair of classic Modernist floor lamps comprising satin steel square tube stems mounted to a solid square footed base with double light sockets, pull chain switches and round white ...
Very Rare Floor Lamp or Uplight in Brass and Le...
Swedish Floor Lamps
Brass, Leather
Very rare floor lamp or uplight. Probably produced in Sweden.
Rare Floor Lamp by Franco Albini and Franca Helg
Franco Albini, Franca Helg
Italian Floor Lamps
Unusual from of chrome-plated steel with handblown white glass shade, and trumpet form upshade. Part of a large and varying series of lighting produced by Sirrah, Italy.
Italian Stilnovo Floor Lamp With Glass Globes A...
Stilnovo
Italian Floor Lamps
Wood, Brass, Marble
Stunning Stilnovo floor lamp with six opaque glass globes with brass detail on the lower part. The middle of the lamp has wood details and the base is a white marble.

Rare Rougier Floor Lamp

$10,800 Sale Price
20% Off
Rare Rougier Floor Lamp
Roger Rougier
Canadian Floor Lamps
Acrylic
Large acrylic floor lamp, with a shell or leaf motif by Rougier.
Polished Chrome Tripod Reading Lamp by T.H. Rob...
Hansen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
American Floor Lamps
Brass
A floor standing reading lamp comprising three polished chrome poles that intersect at a solid cylindrical hub, with three bulbs and a linen shade. Mod. no. 206, stamped “Hansen New ...
Rare Italian Floor Lamp, Brass, 1950s
Arredoluce, Stilnovo
Italian Floor Lamps
Brass
Very rare brass floor lamp from the late 1940s-early 1950s. Solid brass base and flower heads. Fantastic handwork. The flower heads are white painted with great patina. Very good c...
Rare Rohde Floor Lamp for Mutual Sunset Lamp Co...
Gilbert Rohde
American Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Chrome, Iron
Very rare example not often seen on the market. Gilbert Rohde design for Mutual Sunset Lamp Company. This example shows some cosmetic wear, minor dents in the shade and loss to the b...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries