Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Table Lamp by Heifetz NYC For Sale
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Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Table Lamp by Heifetz NYC

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A dramatic table lamp, featuring a freeform sculpted oak articulating arm, by the Heifetz Manufacturing Co., NYC. Original brass accents and fibreglass shade intact. A rare, high quality 1950s table lamp from a company that produced lighting designed by some of the stalwarts of Mid-Century Modern design. Dimensions 20” height x 25” width x 8” diameter. The Heifetz Manufacturing Company, New York, was founded in 1938. It made table lamps as well as ashtrays, wood and metal sculptural items, and some furniture. Over the 25 years that Yasha Heifetz was in business, he estimates the company produced about 4,000 pieces and that he designed about half of them — the most popular of which had abstract bases made of ceramic, wood or metal. Some depicted the stylized human form, while others depicted animals or were kidney and melon-shaped. In 1950, Heifetz, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC, co-sponsored a national lamp design contest. Over 600 competitors entered, submitting almost 3,000 designs. Heifetz; architect/designer, Marcel Breuer; MOMA’s director of the department of architecture and design, Philip Johnson; lighting designer, Richard Kelly; and others acted as jurors. Some of the competitors were Richard Schultz from Knoll, as well as Frank Greenhaus and Kevin Roche, both of whom worked for Eero Saarinen. Fifteen winners were announced in 1951, and Heifetz immediately began producing 10 of the winning designs.    

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 25 in. x D 8 in.H 50.8 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 20.32 cm
  • Seller Location
    Surrey, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU901814351142
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