Alabaster and Lapis Hornet

Alabaster and Lapis Hornet

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Object Name: 
6-part Hanging Lamp
Alabaster and Lapis Hornet
Accession Number: 
(a) H: 22 cm, D(max): 38.5 cm; (b) H: 26.5 cm, D(max): 25.8 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Functional objects, such as this chandelier, are displayed on this platform with nonfunctional objects, such as the chair by Therman Statom. Design is meant to be functional, the object’s use is clear (this is a lighting fixture), and design objects are most often made in a series. Studio craft may be functional or nonfunctional, the object’s use may not be clear (a chair that cannot be sat on), and craft objects are most often one of a kind. The intention of craft is fundamentally different from that of design: craft vessels and objects may be used, but their purpose, like art, is to stimulate emotion and intellect, to evoke memories, thoughts, moods, and feelings.
Hauberg, Anne Gould, Source
Primary Description: 
Opalescent white, colorless, bright blue non-lead glass, rubber; blown, trailed threading, drilled, machined metal fittings, assembled. (a) Wide, circular form, with domed opalescent white center/top, a wide fold inside, flaring to a wide, flat, circular disk with folded rim and trailed blue thread; three pointed turned brass fittings piercing the disk, with black rubber washer/spacers below; signed (abraded script) "Walter White Benjamin P. Moore © 1983"; electrical socket at the center, with ribbed tubular white porcelain fitting for a cylindrical light bulb with sandblasted spiral pattern; white electrical cord and plug on top; (b) conical, straight-sided form, of colorless glass with opalescent white casing, and trailed fine blue threading from top to bottom; flared, flat disk at the top, with thickly folded rim; pierced with three holes, with inserted black rubber grommets.
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 50; BIB# 130418
New Glass Review, 5 (1984) illustrated, p. 25, #97;
Alabaster Hornet (hanging light fixture) (1983) illustrated BIB# 101434