Artwork Details

Charles P. Limbert Co.
American

Active 1902–1944

Advertising Lamp
c. 1910
Medium
Slag glass on oak base
Dimensions
19 x 24 x 16 inches
Location
Level 1 Galleries
Accession Number
2004.18
Credit
Museum Purchase, Samuel M. Cummings, Frank and Ann Battistella Fund, Porter Foundation

About the Artwork


Charles Limbert founded a furniture company in Grand Rapids in 1894 and began producing Dutch Arts and Crafts style furniture and lighting at his factory in 1902. Under the name Limbert Arts and Crafts Furniture, the company’s production line was influenced by Northern European Arts and Crafts design, American Prairie School, and Gustav Stickley. In 1906, Limbert opened a factory in Holland, Michigan where he produced furniture until 1922.

This lamp is a one-of-a-kind design that was a feature of Limbert’s own office. The lampshade is made of opalescent, colored glass set behind hand-cut copper panels and depicts a Dutch windmill scene and sailboat. The Limbert Company logo also appears on the lampshade, which was likely subcontracted to the Forest Craft Guild. The lamp’s oak base resembles the pegged oak furniture designs produced by the Limbert Company.