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Model 404 Piano Lamp, 1928

This is a Piano lamp. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is metal, chrome-plated metal, bakelite. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

A self-described “poetic functionalist,” Dutch architect J.J. Pieter Oud rejected ornamentation and historicism of any kind. The Gispen firm produced a wide range of metalwork, including bent tubular steel furniture and modern lighting devices, based on straightforward geometric shapes and featuring functional characteristics such as adjustability.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Functional Sculpture.

It is credited Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Funds.

  • Table Lamp, 1933
  • chrome-plated steel, brass.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2015-41-11

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 11.5 x 29 x 20 cm (4 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Model 404 Piano Lamp, 1928; Netherlands; metal, chrome-plated metal, bakelite; H x W x D: 11.5 x 29 x 20 cm (4 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in.); Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Funds; 1994-71-21

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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