Antique Wrought Iron Art Nouveau Desk Lamp Quezal Aurene Petal Flower Shade Yqz For Sale
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Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. His bio is below.
Up in this sale is a stunning wrought iron desk lamp, with great swirls and bends ending up in a bent leaf design at the end, an adjustable head. Culminating with a Quezal Aurene swirled petal flower shade. This was rewired somewhere in the 1950's, though it is much older. The shade is perfect and the lamp is extremely heavy. It measures approx. 19" high and 16" from front to back. The shade is approx. 5" x 5 1/2".
We found the following history on collectics site on the internet (GREAT SITE)
The Quezal Art Glass & Decorating Company was founded on March 27, 1902 by Martin Bach, Nicholas Bach, Thomas Johnson, Adolph Demuth, and Lena Scholtz in Queens, New York. The name Quezal was chosen for the rare and beautiful Central American bird the quetzal, and it was used in the company's literature to promote its products. Quezal art glass ranks with the very best of turn of the 20th century American art glass produced by Quezal contemporaries such as Louis Comfort Tiffany's "Favrile" and Frederick Carder's "Aurene" at the Steuben works. The President Martin Bach Sr. (1862-1921) was the key driver behind the growth of the company, emigrating from France - where he had worked at the Saint-Louis Glass Co. - to the U. S. in 1891. Following his arrival, Bach worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany as a chemist at the newly formed Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company in Corona, Queens.
After almost 10 years of the best glassmaking education one could obtain at the turn of the century, Bach left Tiffany to establish his own company. Thomas Johnson, also a former employee of Tiffany, and Maurice Kelly were two of the early master glassblowers employed by Quezal, whose techniques led to some of the impressive technical accomplishments of Quezal art glass.
Quezal design patterns were extremely detailed and precise and their patterns intricate - as we know from their manufacturing documentation - so consequently the technical artistry of their glassmakers had to be very refined. Quezal glass was frequently decorated with floral motifs reflecting the focus on nature proliferating with the Art Nouveau movement, and it often used the gold interiors and iridescent glass techniques so popular at the time.
One unusual and unique feature of Quezal glass is the brilliant iridescence which was infused on both the interior and exterior of the glass, and its iridescent colors of the rainbow mirrored the elaborate feathers and colors of the quetzal bird after which it was named.
While perhaps best known for their lamp shades which rivaled the best offerings of Tiffany and others, the company also produced a very wide range of items including vases, candleholders, drinking glasses, finger bowls, salts, compotes, and occasionally even complete lamps.
Quezal lamp shades are particularly prized today, as they and all the major art glass manufacturers including Tiffany, Steuben, Galle, and Loetz all made lamps and shades during these early days of the electric light bulb.
Quezal design motifs often incorporated flowers such as lilies, tuplips, crocuses, and jack-in-the-pulpits - much like their contemporaries at Tiffany and the other Art Nouveau designers - and glass threads were pulled and twisted to create the effect of leaves, vines, and lily pads. Shapes often reflect major design influences and civilizations of past periods including the Italian Renaissance, Egypt, Rome, Greece, Japan, and China. Period silver manufacturers including Gorham and Alvin bought Quezal glass and added their own sterling silver flourishes such as overlay and tops, and they then sold the pieces through their own sales channels.
Quezal glass is usually signed, with "Quezal" or "Quezal NY" etched into the glass or written with a stylus leaving a silver or platinum signature. Quezal art glass was always a luxury good like Louis Comfort Tiffany's Favrile glass, and both Quezal and Tiffany typically sold for higher prices than the top end French art glass of the day from Galle and Daum. During a period of financial challenges and following the death of Martin Bach Sr. in 1921, the company was sold to their family physician and friend Dr. John Ferguson. Ferguson later sold the company to his friend Edward Conlan, but he continued to serve as the company's president and Martin Bach's son served as the general manager. They operated the factory until 1924, and Martin Bach Jr. later worked at other major American glass makers including Durand and the Imperial Glass Co. Today, you can see displays of Quezal art glass and some of the original design sketchbooks, catalogs, and more donated by the Martin, Clifford, and Gladyce Bach at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, in Millville, NJ.
For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.
He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.
Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend.
Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 10 lbs 8 oz in a 24 x 18 x 12 box.
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Antique Wrought Iron Art Nouveau Desk Lamp Quezal Aurene Petal Flower Shade Yqz: $355