Ceiling light fixture
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Artist:   William Gray Purcell
George Grant Elmslie
Mosaic Art Shops (E.L. Sharretts)  
Title:   Ceiling light fixture  
Date:   1913  
Medium:   Glass, zinc caming  
Dimensions:   20 in. (50.8 cm)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Anson Cutts, Jr.  
Location:   Gallery Purcell-Cutts House  

This light fixture was designed for the back porch of Purcell's own house (now the Purcell-Cutts House). The fixture was hung from the ceiling, parallel to the ceiling plane, below a recessed light well holding a single bulb. An identical fixture is still in place in the entrance hall of the house; a reproduction has been made for the porch. The round panel contains the V-shaped motifs Elmslie employed in many of his designs.

Name:   Purcell, William Gray  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1880-1965  
Name:   Elmslie, George Grant  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American (born Scotland), 1869-1952  
Name:   Mosaic Art Shops (E.L. Sharretts)  
Role:   Maker  
Life Dates:   Minneapolis, 1912-1930  

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , Minnesota, Minneapolis  
Accession #:   90.92.84  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts