200 Lexington Ave New York City, NY 10016 United States 646.293.6633
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$ 16,000

Pair of Rare James Mont Large Stable Lamps 1950 American Important

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Bronze/Enamel/Plaster
H. 34 in; Diam. 12 in;
H. 86.36 cm; Diam. 30.48 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
Creation Date 1950
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description An iconic pair of American designer, James Mont’s War of the World Table lamps. They are composed of black enameled plaster bodies with polished bronze legs. The have a downward light under the body which illuminates the legs. Very good original condition. Rewired. Rare
Documentation: Catalog for the James Mont Exposition by Gallerie Eric Phillipe, Paris, 2004, page 23 and 24.

Born in Istanbul, Mont’s Greek-Turkish family emigrated to the United States in 1922. After settling in Brooklyn, Mont opened a small electrical shop, where he sold hardware as well as lamps of his own design. After his work caught the eye of a local mobster, who acquired a few of his pieces, Mont’s career began to take off. He opened a waterfront lamp shop in Atlantic City and continued to rub shoulders with mafiosos, who were soon enlisting him to redecorate their homes. By 1932, Mont had established a successful design business as well as a storefront on Fifth Avenue, which was rumored to have been bankrolled by the mob. During prohibition, Mont began designing bars, including a brilliant collapsible home bar, which he patented.

Mont soon branched out and began designing a line of home furnishings and chairs. A succession of shops in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Amityville, Miami Beach, and even Greece, followed.
Despite the tumult, Mont cultivated a style that was fascinating and distinct. While he always leaned toward the glamorous and opulent, Mont’s furniture became more refined over the years, especially after his release from prison. Commanding, sleek, and elegant, his works from this time exude an alluring mix of glamour and exoticism. During this period, Mont launched Moderne Modes—a five-story workshop and showroom that employed approximately fifty workers. By 1952, he was once again struggling financially and was forced to liquidate his inventory and sell his personal collection of Asian artwork. He went on to rebound and continued to receive commissions up until 1970s. He died in 1978.
Styles / Movements Mid Century
200 Lex Booth Number 42
Incollect Reference Number 473589
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