Untitled Oil Lamp

  • Adrian Saxe, Untitled Oil Lamp, 1981, porcelain and glaze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of R. Ford Singletary from the collection of Randy M. Leonard, 1991.5.1, © 1981, Adrian Saxe

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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.

Untitled Oil Lamp
7 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (19.0 x 14.3 x 6.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of R. Ford Singletary from the collection of Randy M. Leonard

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porcelain and glaze
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