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Untitled Oil Lamp

1981 Adrian Saxe Born: Glendale, California 1943 porcelain 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (19.0 x 14.3 x 6.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of R. Ford Singletary from the collection of Randy M. Leonard © 1981, Adrian Saxe 1991.5.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Label

Known for his witty, innovative vessels, Adrian Saxe experimented with oil lamps throughout the 1970s and '80s, creating fanciful, functional lamps in a diverse range of forms, from plants and tropical fish to ones like Untitled Oil Lamp. Here, the lamp's body has a more traditional form, while the elongated loops at the top and vivid use of color add elements of playfulness. The serrated edges at the base of each loop are a common motif in Saxe's work, and contrast with the curved, asymmetrical base. Saxe returned to oil lamps in the late 1990s with his Hi-Fibre Magic Lamp series that feature vessels in the form of genie bottles precariously placed atop tall, elongated structures.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Adrian Saxe

Born: Glendale, California 1943

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