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Electric Cut Glass Lamp

Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes this electric cut glass lamp. Six lamps in this style are known, and all of them are cut in the same pattern. The manufacturer has not been positively identified. One of these lamps was purchased in Chicago in the late 1930s or early 1940s, and another belonged to the pianist-entertainer Liberace, who seems to have acquired it in the 1950s. The other examples were found in various locations around the country, so it is not likely that they are part of a set. The large size of these lamps suggests that they were used either in a spacious home or perhaps in the lobby of a hotel. In the home, only a very impressive parlor table could have accommodated such a lamp.