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1928

  • Work on this object began.

1994

  • We acquired this object.

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2017

Model 404 Piano Lamp, 1928

This is a Piano lamp. It was designed by J.J.Pieter Oud and manufactured by W.H. Gispen. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is metal, chrome-plated metal, bakelite. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

A self-described “poetic functionalist,” Dutch architect J.J. Pieter Oud rejected ornamentation and historicism of any kind. The Gispen firm produced a wide range of metalwork, including bent tubular steel furniture and modern lighting devices, based on straightforward geometric shapes and featuring functional characteristics such as adjustability.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Functional Sculpture.

This object was purchased from GALERIE FRANS LEIDELMEIJER and fund: Smithsonian Institution CAP Funds--do not use and Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund and catalogued by Cynthia Trope. It is credited Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Funds.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 11.5 x 29 x 20 cm (4 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Model 404 Piano Lamp, 1928; Designed by J.J.Pieter Oud (Netherlands); Netherlands; metal, chrome-plated metal, bakelite; H x W x D: 11.5 x 29 x 20 cm (4 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in.); Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Funds; 1994-71-21

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