We purchased this lamp at a central Illinois Flea Market
on October 17, 2010. The seller told us he got the lamp
from an estate sale, and that it was attached to a Newel
Post. It seems the homeowner, to attach it to the Newel
Post, removed the original base. So we don’t have
any information other then the artist’s signature
(L. Guillemin) and fabrication stamp. The original base
should have more information about who made and/or the
name of this piece. (this lamp has been rewired, and
the light covers were added by the seller)
The seller believes these lamps were sold at the St
Louis World’s Fair in 1904. He thought that was
why there seemed to be a boom of Newel Post Lamps in
the St Louis area. I have not found anything to conform
or deny the World’s Fair connection. It seems
most lamps where sold in 1920’s, but many lamps
seem to be dated as early
1880’s, so it could be.
L. Guillemin (1882 - 1913) seems to be lesser known
artist, and not Emile Coriolan Hippolyte Guillemin (1841-1907).
I have not found any information connecting these two
– sibilating, parental relationship, etc.
I did find the
same lamp (painted/glazed with three lights) named:
GENIE DE LA MUSIQUE
GENIE OF THE MUSIC
Made in France
satues, lamps, clocks, etc., from the same artist:
- Lamp - "Ondine" and "Le Mesage"
also seem to be from L. Guillemin (link)
- Clock - "Melody par Guillemin'' (link)
- Statue - "Rose Printanniere – Par Guillemin"
- Statue - `Pensee` par Guillemin (link)