Friday, March 24, 2017

My Carole Stupell Lamp


I was with my father when he bought this lamp at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville, New Jersey, years ago. It sat in the back of a shop that was no bigger than 10 feet square with a mish-mash of things around it. My father was attracted to the crystals—not the lamp in and of itself. And he was horrified because someone had painted them blue! He just could not stand for that in his mind. So he talked the owner out of it for a song. Having always admired it, the lamp found its way to me after my father's death three years ago—having been cleaned of its blue glaze, which, my father told me, took some doing.  

Low and behold,  Husband did some research on crystal lamps and discovered it was a Carole Stupell original—Stupell having opened a store in New York City in 1929. The lamp is being stored at the moment since it doesn't exactly fit with the apartment's current scheme. Though it probably needs a modern apartment, I have thoughts of casting off the current sofa, ottoman and chairs and placing  a long low modern couch in front of the fireplace—which is never used—with the lamp at one end—like it is here against the bookcase. Nuts perhaps, but there you have it.  

Speaking of change, I made the huge mistake of trying one of Blogger's new templates thinking it would look good. Boy, was I wrong! It took me quite a while to put things back together again. I suppose it would have worked if I would be fine with not having a photo for a "header," but it just looked awful no matter how I tried to make it work. The spacings for the "gadgets" were really bad too. Just. Not. Worth. It. 

6 comments:

  1. I'm in love with that lamp -what a find! i hadn't heard of the design before but really fabulous.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, ArchitectDesign. I hadn't known of it either until a little web research revealed the lamp had some provenance. Though, try as I might, there is only one article on Carole Stupell LTD which began as an antique/curio shop right before the Depression—and survived. The shop moved a few years ago (so I read), and I'll have to find its new home to find out more information. Hope you are well. Happy Spring!

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  2. Great lamp, Daniel James. But why not simply incorporate it into your current, civilised and timeless décor? I don't see how it would possibly be at odds with anything else---the whole point of that lamp is its elegant quirkiness. Sophisticated rooms are the result of judicious eclecticism. Go for it.

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    1. Thank you for your comment & encouragement, Toby Worthington! In our modest apartment (which I endeavor to make look bigger in photos) it comes down to space and scale. Something will have to go to make it work. There is also a matter (unmentioned in my piece) which is that the back of the lamp is bare plaster—which means it cannot stand alone, thus limiting one's options. But you are right: eclecticism is the way to go. I'll puzzle it out.

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  3. I'm adding another vote for trying to fit it into your present décor. It's an odd and beautiful thing, and it has such great energy.

    The only negative I can see is that I imagine it's rather difficult to clean...? Feather-dusting will only get you so far; sometimes crystals need a good bathe. Oh, but aren't these such vulgarly practical concerns...? ; )

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Stephilius. Ha! My mother—who cleaned this lamp for more than a decade—did not have nice things to say about it. I use my Electrolux with a brush attachment to get off most of the dust off. Yes, quite the odd thing, and heavy too. I am thinking this morning that it may find its way to one side of the bed in the bedroom which is tall and narrow—with a tall and narrow shade. Unconventional to be sure.

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