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Kurt Versen American Art Deco Floor Lamp

This American Art Deco floor lamp was designed by Kurt Versen (1889 – 1943) for Lightolier, Jersey City, NJ. In 1930. The shade is polished Aluminum. The lamp is chromed brass. It is pictured in The Machine Age in America 1918 – 1941, New York, 1986 on page 319. With the shade up it’s 61 1/8” high and 56 ½” with the shade down. The shade is 14” in diameter. It is in excellent condition and rewired and I’m proud to be able to offer it to our clients. Ric Emmett, author of American Art Deco Furniture, wrote the following about a similar lamp we had on our website several years ago: “This American art deco floor lamp was designed by Kurt Versen (1889 – 1943) for Lightolier and is of polished copper and metal and has an enameled metal shade which swings up for indirect lighting. Similar lamps are pictured in the November 1934 issue of Art & Decoration and his advertisements in 1935. A similar lamp is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The lamp stands 55 ½ high with the shade in the down position.” This lamp will be included in Ric’s new book, American Art Deco Lighting due for release in October 2017.

Kurt Versen Art Deco Table Lamp

Kurt Versen (1901-1942) designed this table lamp for Kurt Versen Inc. New York ca 1935. The lamp has a circular chrome base, an offset chrome support with chrome ball on top and two chrome arms which hold a round aluminum shade which swivels up and down to direct light where it is needed. A chrome finial tops the shade. The lamp is 14" high.

Kurt Versen Cork and Copper American Art Deco Table Lamp

This rare table lamp was designed by Kurt Versen (1901 – 1942) for the Kurt Versen Company in 1935.  The base and shade are covered in cork and the shaft and support are in polished copper.  The shade swings out from the shaft to provide a wider range of light on the surface.  The lamp is 16 ½” high, 10 wide and 18” long.  It is in excellent original condition with only the copper polished.  The lamp has been rewired.

Kurt Versen ”Flip” Lamp

This American art deco floor lamp/torchiere was designed by Kurt Versen (1889 – 1943) dates from the 1930’s and performs the function of two lamps. The top bowl flips down for use as a reading light. The light is of polished aluminum protected by clear lacquer. With Versen’s signature offset standard on base, the lamp measures 62” high as a torchiere and 56 ½” high as a reading lamp.

Pair Kurt Versen Art Deco Torchieres

Kurt Versen (1889-1943) designed this powerful pair of American art deco torchieres in 1934. Their arrival was announced in the November 1934 issue of Arts & Decoration magazine. The lamps are chromium plated and have been rewired. They stand 69" high and the bowls are 20" in diameter.

Kurt Versen Convertible Torchiere/Reading Lamp

This American art deco floor lamp was designed by Kurt Versen (1889 – 1943) for Lightolier and is of polished copper and metal and has an enameled metal shade which swings up for indirect lighting. Similar lamps are pictured in the November 1934 issue of Art & Decoration and his advertisements in 1935. A similar lamp is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The lamp stands 55 ½ high with the shade in the down position.

Kurt Versen American Art Deco Flip Top Floor Lamp and Torchiere

Kurt Versen (1901 - 1997) designed this American art deco aluminum and chrome floor lamp in the 1930’s. The lamp performs two functions; with the bowl up it is a torchiere, flip the bowl down and it is an excellent reading light, with Versen’s signature offset standard on the base. The lamp is 62" high as a torchiere, and 56 ½" high as a reading lamp. The fixture has been rewired, the metal polished and clear lacquered to protect it.

Rare KURT VERSEN American Art Deco Table Lamp

This very rare and important American art deco table lamp was designed in the early 1930’s by Kurt Versen (1901 – 1942).  The lamp, virtually hand made, with its domed shade and flat thin base precedes the model advertised by him in the November 1934 Art & Decoration magazine…the copper domed shade has given way to a less expensive shade of cork or Toyo Paper.  The support is 1” bronze tubing.  The lamp has its original socket and works well.  We have resisted the temptation to polish off almost eighty years of patina.  The lamp is 16 ¼” high and the shade is 10” diameter.

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