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Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly
AN IMPORTANT AND RARE THREE-LEGGED FLOOR LAMP FROM THE BURDEN RESIDENCE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD
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Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly
AN IMPORTANT AND RARE THREE-LEGGED FLOOR LAMP FROM THE BURDEN RESIDENCE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Design

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New York

Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly
AN IMPORTANT AND RARE THREE-LEGGED FLOOR LAMP FROM THE BURDEN RESIDENCE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
brass, enameled aluminum and enameled steel
41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm) high 25 in. (63.5 cm) diameter
ca. 1953
manufactured by Edison Price Inc., New York
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Betty Prepis, "An Architectural Apartment," The New York Times, June 27, 1954, p. 33
"Modern Setting:  The Apartment of Mr. William A. M. Burden, President of New York's Museum of Modern Art," Vogue, June 1954, p. 92
"Lighting for Design and Mood," Interiors, March 1955, p. 94
"Lighting:  How to Get Daylight Effects at Night," House & Home, March 1957, p. 150

Provenance

William A. M. Burden, New York
Thence by Descent

Literature

Martin Eidelberg, ed., Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, Montreal, 1991, p. 204 (for the complete history of the model)
Hilary Lewis and John O'Connor, Philip Johnson: The Architect in his Own Words, New York, 1994, pp. 28-33

Catalogue Note

Philip Johnson designed the first three-legged prototype of this iconic lamp for The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1949.  Several subsequent residential commissions by Johnson in 1952-53 included three-legged examples, and less than ten are known to exist. The Burden apartment contained a pair of three-legged lamps, along with the more common four-legged model, which was commercially produced until 1967.

20th Century Design

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New York