Bronze and glass, with electric light
height, 65 3/4in (167cm)
shade, diameter, 19in (48.3cm)
Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection
Rising vertically from a basket weave base, a snake coils around a glass lampshade. Art Nouveau artists of the early 1900s like Edgar Brandt favored snakes and snake imagery because their bodies mimicked the sinuous, nature-inspired lines that defined the movement. Known for ironwork commissions of decorative doorways, stylized staircases, and grand monuments, Brandt successfully partnered with the Daum glass company to create smaller decorative collaborations such as the lamp here.
Edgar Brandt (French, b.1880, d.1960)