1930's modernist Macassar floor-lamp, style of Jean-Michel FRANK

 

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Beautiful modernist floor-lamp in the style of Jean-Michel FRANK in Macassar ebony veneer, with hexagonal base and stand. Varnish redone, electricity rewired, new ivory cotton shade.

1930's

Total height (with shade) : 187 cm - 73 5/8 in
Height of the stand : 142 cm - 55 7/8 in
Diameter of the base : 42,5 cm - 16 3/4 in
Diameter of the shade : 45/65 cm - 17 3/4 to 25 5/8 in

Macassar ebony:
Common names: Macassar ebony, Camagon, Coromandel, Calamander wood, Golden ebony, Indian ebony, Tendu, Temru, Tunki, Timbruni.
Botanic: Diospyros celebica, diospyros rumphii; family: ebony. Origin: South-East Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines) and the East Indies especially Celebes Islands, Sulawesi (Indonesia).
Named for the port city Makassar, provincial capital of South Sulawesi (Indonesia) and the largest city on Sulawesi island, facing the Makassar Strait.
Black, finely streaked with bands of yellow to greyish brown; Macassar ebony is sometimes called "Striped Ebony". Very hard and heavy with a beautiful surface when finished. Very well suited for fancy work of the highest order giving consistently astounding results. Highly prized by the designers and decorators from the 1930's and often used in art-deco furniture for use in making fine cabinetry and veneers.
Also used to be turned, especially for chess and other games, to make music instruments, or to refine jewelry, cutlery or archery.

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