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Lot 2: BISQUE NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEF / INDIAN - SMALL FIGURAL MINIATURE LAMP
22 October 2016
Mt. Crawford, VA, USALive Auction
Description: BISQUE NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEF / INDIAN - SMALL FIGURAL MINIATURE LAMP, white ground with multi-color realistic decoration, chest and shoulders with two braids serves as font, lift-off head with two replaced yellow glass eyes serves as shade. Fitted with a period single-tube burner, thumbwheel marked "RADIUM", colorless chimney.
Condition Report: Very good overall condition, font undamaged, shade with a 1 3/8" diagonal hairline and minute corner flake to reverse at opening for thumbwheel. Burner undamaged, chimney fitter with a minute flake.
Notes: This is the second example of the previously unrecorded small-size Native American Chief lamp that we have sold. It is a good 1" shorter than the large size. The related Skeleton bisque lamp was also produced in two sizes.
Provenance: Collection of Helen A. Feltner, Winchester, VA.
Dimensions: 5 1/4" H to top of shade, 2 1/4" H to top of font, 2 3/4" x 3 3/8" overall.
Exhibited: For the large size see Smith - Miniature Lamps I, p. 48, fig. VI and Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 10/26/13, lot 20a.
Medium: Fourth quarter 19th/early 20th century.