Gorham Floor Lamp Base


Here is a really rare and outstanding, EXCEPTIONAL, MUSEUM GRADE GORHAM floor lamp base. ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF A TRULY SPECIAL LAMP BASE YOU WILL EVER COME ACROSS. Solid bronze with original patina which shows the bronze peeking thru, just beautiful, which I have tried to capture with my digital camera, but fell far short I fear. Is a whopping 71" high and a generous 16" spread at the lions feet for stability. Is a machinist dream, unscrews to 6 sections. has the original three early 2 screw HUBBELL sockets with mica insulators and acorn chain pulls. The shade aperture size of the GORMAN lamps is 1 3/4" as it is here. Look at the amazing detail in the bronze feet and elsewhere. The acanthus leaves appear thru out this magnificent piece of American art history. The GORHAM Mgf. Co. was the only firm to out do TIFFANY, this one of those pieces that earned the high reputation that GORHAM enjoyed. Has been correctly rewired for another over century of dependable service. No one, but no one has a great lamp base like this, even the advanced collectors. Low, low bargain price.

The Gorham Mfg. Co. stands out as the only firm to
outdo Tiffany in the ostentation of their work. Perhaps because they were
already accomplished in bronze and silver work, they added a leaded shade studio
in 1905.

Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, 1831 by Jabez Gorham, [3] a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. [4] The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver. The company also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. In 1842, the Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which aided the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in 1847 Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham[5] succeeded him as head of the company. John Gorham introduced mechanized production methods, enlarged the premises in downtown Providence, improved the designs, and expanded the product line. In 1852, Gorham toured many of Europe's silver workshops and manufacturers, speaking with individual specialists, including master craftsmen and toolmakers. He sought highly skilled foreign workmen to train his American workers and hired George Wilkinson, a premier designer and workshop manager, from England. In 1865, the Rhode Island legislature granted a charter in the name of Gorham Manufacturing Company and in 1890, the company relocated to a factory on Adelaide Avenue in Providence.

During the heyday of American silver manufacturing, approximately 1850 - 1940, Gorham was highly influential. William C. Codman, one of Gorham's most noted designers, created theChantilly design in 1895, which has become the most famous of Gorham's flatware patterns. The company has produced matching holloware in both sterling and silverplate.

In 1884, the company opened a store in the Ladies' Mile shopping district in Manhattan, New York City, but moved in 1905 to a Fifth Avenue building which it commissioned from architectStanford White. In 1906, Gorham purchased another long-time rival, New Jersey-based Kerr & Co.

Textron purchased the company in 1967, a move that some critics claim decreased quality due to management's lack of understanding of Gorham's specialty, producing high-quality sterling silverware and holloware. [6] Textron sold the unit in 1988. [7] Brown-Forman Corporation owned Gorham from 1991 until 2005 when it sold the unit to Department 56 in the Lenoxholdings transaction. [8
Major commissions[edit]

The White House has used Gorham silver services during many administrations. Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House in 1859. The tea service was presented to the National Museum of American History in 1957. [9] Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the country's one-hundredth anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2, 000 oz (57, 000 g) of sterling silver, and in 1899, it produced a grand "loving cup" composed of 70, 000 dimes was designed for Admiral George Dewey. Colonel Henry Jewett Furber, president of Universal Life Insurance Company of New York, placed the largest single commission Gorham ever received for what became known as the famous Furber service. The opulent 740-piece service represents Victorian era dining at its most elaborate. The monumental silver and parcel-gilt "Neptune" epergne made for Furber as part of this service was displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Textron donated a large portion of the service along with other pieces to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and they are on display in the permanent collection of American decorative arts. [10] In 1907, Gorham created an elaborate silver service for the battleship USS Rhode Island. When the Rhode Island was decommissioned following WWI, the US Navy returned the service to the State for public display. It is now on display in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House. [11] The George W. Bush family chose Gorham's Chantilly as the flatware service on Air Force One.

Gorham artisans also sculpted the famous monument of George Washington in the Capitol's Rotunda, the statue of Theodore Roosevelt that overlooks the Museum of Natural History in New York, and the famous Independent Man which tops the Rhode Island State House.

Gorham designed a number of elaborate trophies for sporting events, including the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500, designed by Robert J. Hill.

Lions have been an important symbol for thousands of years and appear as a theme in cultures across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Despite the recorded incidents of attacks on humans, lions enjoy positive depiction in popular culture and art the world wide as creatures that appear strong, but gentle at the same time. The most consistent depiction is in keeping with their image of "king of the jungle" or "king of the beasts", hence lions are popular symbols of royalty and stateliness and a symbol of bravery.