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Maker: Ansonia Brass Co. (active Waterbury, Connecticut, 1854-1899)

Date: c. 1883
Medium: Brass
Overall: 24 x 14 1/4in. (61 x 36.2cm)
Credit Line: 75th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of David Petrovsky
Object number: 2009.10
Label Text
The popularity of decorative accessories made of brass exploded in the 1880s. The rage for brass was spurred by key developments in the technology to fabricate and decorate base metals. Connecticut was the center of its manufacture, and in 1880 there were 42 brass-producing companies in the state, feeding the public's ravenous appetite for brass home furnishings.

In a pre-electrified interior, brass surfaces would have made a room glisten by reflecting light. Light fixtures like this example would not only have been functional, but also stylish. The 1893 catalogue from the Ansonia Brass Company, which manufactured this lamp, also advertised many other "artistic brass goods," such as shaving stands, candelabra, smoking sets, and easels.

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