I work hard at not acquiring too much “stuff” — would you believe my beloved just laughed at that? — but every now and again something tugs at my sleeve and won’t let go. Case in point: this lovely antique brass table lamp with a parchment paper shade depicting four Parisian cityscapes that I found, naturally, at the Craft & Antique Co-op in Painesville.
My maternal grandparents were huge collectors of “stuff;” their basement was, quite literally, covered wall-to-wall (including ceiling!) with finds from “rummage” sales, and much of what they collected was high quality, thanks mostly to my grandmother, Rose. She had a good eye for quality glass; my grandfather, Wally, on the other hand, had a good eye for the ladies, and he liked to collect naughty things. I remember being horrified the first time I peered into one of his tiny handheld viewers and discovered a smiling topless woman. I vaguely recall asking my mother why Grandpa liked those things and getting a giant eye roll and sigh in return.
Beautiful lamps with painted shades were among my grandparents’ many acquisitions, and I grew to love that lamp style as well. I inherited one of their brass lamps, the shade for which depicted a Dutch countryside, but, much to my sadness, the shade eventually got broken.
So when this lamp tugged at my sleeve, I couldn’t possibly walk away without it. The lamp has no markings whatsoever, but through some Google searching, I discovered that the scenes are reproductions of a series of watercolor prints by a little-known artist, born in 1913 in the Netherlands, named Rie Pluim. I put the age of the lamp at about 70 years or so.
I wish I knew more about this lovely lamp, but sometimes not knowing has its own rewards.
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