Monumental Blenko Lamp in Chestnut, 1965

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Joel Myers, Blenko
Art Glass, wood, steel, brass
50.5" tall, 11 inch wide

This lamp from Blenko (based on decanter 6535) was produced in 1965 and is the largest of all the table lamps Blenko produced. Designed by Joel Philip Myers, what makes it a special lamp beyond it's architectural scale size is that the color "chestnut" was only produced for any Blenko lamps or art glass for a single year - 1965. Less than a handful of these lamps are in existence.

Measures 50.5" tall with the harp being able to reduce the height to 47.5". The light switch is located at the 34" mark. The shade photographed is 23" wide, but is for display only. The vessel is 11" wide upon a solid walnut base.

The light socket is a three-way switch. This lamp can be converted with an extension pole to become a true floor lamp if desired. The second photo captures the color most accurately, being a translucent brown and very distinctive.

Photographed next to a 32" tall Eames dining side chair to give scale.

The condition is outstanding. All original hardware in perfect working order.



  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent..
  • Dimensions
    50.5 in. H x 11 in. W x 11 in. D
    128 cm H x 28 cm W x 28 cm D
  • Seller Location
    South Charleston, WV
  • Number of Items
  • Reference Number

About Blenko Glass (Manufacturer)

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.

The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.

When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.

One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.

Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

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Located in South Charleston, WV

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