Light fixture
On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   William Gray Purcell
George Grant Elmslie
Mosaic Art Shops (E.L. Sharretts)  
Title:   Light fixture  
Date:   1914  
Medium:   Glass, zinc caming, wood  
Dimensions:   22 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (55.88 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of David and Patricia Gebhard  
Location:   Gallery 300  

This light fixture came from the Minnesota Phonograph Company, an Edison dealership at 612 Nicollet Avenue, in Minneapolis, owned by Lawrence H. Lucker. Several such lamps were mounted on top of wooden grille screens in the shop. The rectilinear shape, stained glass, and horizontal wood banding linked the lamps to the surrounding architecture and furniture. Ironically, the phonograph cabinets themselves looked very old-fashioned in their modern setting. [insert photo of interior of Minnesota Phonograph Company here - from NWAA]

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:   Lighting  
Physical Description:   lamp with rectangular, multi-colored leaded glass shade below a square wooden base, three raised bands on neck of base; has one long light-bulb  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , Minnesota, Minneapolis  
Accession #:   98.235.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts