DECADES

Manufacturer: Olive Kooken
SO SEDUCTIVE AND SENSUAL, THIS HIGHLY UNUSUAL LAMP IN A BRASS METAL CLAD FINISH HAS A BRONZE OR COPPER FINISH NUDE LADY STATUE DRAPED OVER THE TOP. IT WAS DESIGNED BY KNOWN ARTIST OLIVE KOOKEN, WHO WAS APPRECIATED FOR HER ORIGINAL METHODS AND UNIQUE STYLE IN THE ART DECO MODE. LIKE HER OTHER LAMPS THIS ONE IS MADE WITH A METAL LAYER PLATED OVER A HEAVY POTTERY TYPE UNDER BASE.

NOT SIGNED, BUT CLEARLY THE WORK OF OLIVE KOOKEN. NOT ALL HER PIECES WERE SIGNED. THE ELECTRICAL WIRING IS INTACT AND THE LAMP WORKS. THE HARP IS THE OLDER ONE PIECE STYLE THAT IS FIXED TO THE LAMP BASE BENEATH THE SOCKET--NOT THE NEWER TYPE THAT HAS TWO PRONGS THAT SNAP IN AND COME BACK OUT. OF COURSE IT COULD BE EASILY ADAPTED TO USE THE NEWER TYPE HARP IF YOU PREFER THAT. IT HAS A PLAIN METAL FINIAL AND IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT A SHADE. THIS UNIQUE LAMP DID NOT HAVE A SHADE ON IT WHEN WE PURCHASED IT SEVERAL YEARS AGO FROM A REPUTABLE ANTIQUES DEALER. ANOTHER DEALER HAS SAID THESE LAMPS CAME WITH A SIMPLE SILK CREAM COLORED SHADE OR SOMETIMES A METAL MESH SHADE, BUT THIS STYLE LAMP COULD ACCEPT DIFFERENT SHADES TO SUIT YOUR DECOR AND TASTE.

THE LAMP MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 19 INCHES TALL, WITH THE BASE 10 INCHES AND THE PERMANENTLY ATTACHED HARP ADDING ANOTHER 9 INCHES. IT IS ABOUT 10 INCHES ACROSS IN WIDTH.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: OLIVE KOOKEN WAS BORN ON A FARM NEAR KINGMAN, KANSAS AROUND 1904 AND GRADUATED FROM WICHITA HIGH IN 1923. SHE STUDIED IN KANSAS AND NEW YORK. SHE LIVED ON MOUNTAIN ROAD IN UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY ACROSS THE RIVER FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK. SHE SCULPTED TOY SOLDIERS FOR THE BARCLAY COMPANY AND ALSO DESIGNED FOR TOMMY TOYS. MISS KOOKEN, WHO NEVER MARRIED, WORKED AS A FREE LANCE SCULPTOR, CREATING LAMPS AND CANDLE HOLDERS, OTHER BRONZES, AS WELL AS DOING PAINTINGS BEFORE SHE DIED IN 1963. MISS KOOKEN WAS DEVOTED TO THE THEATRE AND BECAME FRIENDS WITH MINNIE MADERN FISKE, THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTRESS ON THE AMERICAN STAGE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE 20TH CENTURY. OLIVE KOOKEN CO-AUTHORED A BOOK ON HER LIFE. AND LATER DONATED ALL OF MRS. FISKE’S COSTUMES TO THE SMITHSONIAN.

THIS RARE OLIVE KOOKEN NUDE LAMP IS A REAL CONVERSATION PIECE AND SHOW STOPPER! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD THIS WONDERFUL, HARD TO FIND LAMP TO YOUR ART DECO THEMED ROOM.

Rare Olive Kooken Art Deco Art Moderne Nude Lady Lamp

  • Your price: $569.00
  • Item Number: 1395
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