ELSPETH COHEN TABLE LAMPS FOR LAPID POTTERY, ISRAEL (PAIR)
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A pair of abstract decor pottery table lamps designed by Elspeth Cohen for Lapid Pottery Works of Tel Aviv, Israel. the Columnar forms are hand decorated in shades of brown, white, and light blue, on a tan ground using the 'wax-resist' technique of applying overlapping elements to allow the preceding layer of decoration to show through. The lamps are possibly marked under the felt but this has not been confirmed
LAPID POTTERY WORKS was founded in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel shortly after the state of Israel was formed following WW2, and closed in the 1990s. Other than that, very little is known about the company or the artists working there, even though they were probably the largest single pottery factory in Israel, and their output was impressive. In his book "Art in Israel", (published in 1963 by Chilton Company U.S.) Benjamin Tammuz referred to the Lapid Pottery Company as follows: "Elspeth Cohen, designer for the Lapid factory, has also been responsible for some of the best Israeli ceramics. Her style is clean, austere, and classical and in some ways reminiscent of contemporary Scandinavian design. It is unfortunate that Lapid is not equipped to produce large tableware, since her talent is admirably suited to this field".
Measurements: height: 22" to top of socket (30.5" to top of shade), diameter: 8" (shade = 18").
Designer - Elspeth Cohen
Maker - Lapid Pottery Works
Design Period - 1960 to 1969
Country of Manufacture - Israel
Style - Vintage, Mid-Century
Detailed Condition - Very Good — This vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use.
Plug Type - US Plug (up to 110V)
Product Code - CRM-142554
Materials - Ceramic
Color - Beige, brown, tan
Height - 31 inch
Diameter - 18 inch