1950's Rispal - Praying Mantis lamp

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1950's Rispal - Praying Mantis lamp


Rispal - Floor lamp Model: Praying Mantis/Praying Mantis/Mante Religious French designer lamp, with the rare rhodoid (cellulose acetate) 'Pearlshade2' shade. Diameter shade approx. 32 cm. Height lamp 160 cm. This example is really exceptionally beautiful and is very stable, which is often not the case. A 1st edition with Pearlshade 2 lampshade is always the ultimate. The value of a 1st edition currently varies in galleries and antique dealers between 4500€ for a lamp without the Pearlshade 2 shade (replaced afterwards by its own shade because the original was damaged) and 7000€ for perfect copies fitted with rhodoid Pearlshade 2 shade such as this one. The Lampshade is in perfect condition without dents, cracks or whatever. It is often covered with dust and cigarette smoke (yes, at that time a lot of people smoked and often also indoors) and it is completely yellowed or torn or dented. This hood has been adapted so that it can be used safely again. In the past, a very light metal holder made of thin wire was used, which was welded together and over which the rhodoid cap fitted. This holder served to hang the lantern and to keep it in shape. A tube made of very thin plastic was often placed over this holder (on the inside of the lantern). Unfortunately a design flaw that I had not thought of because the heat of the lamps from that time often melted the plastic and the metal holder was twisted. Also, the welding spots with which the holder is welded together are often corroded and torn apart. In short, a very nice hood, but not really ok in terms of safety. That is also one of the reasons why there are almost no lamps with original Pearlshade 2 caps anymore. However, to make this shade safe and much more sturdy, the tube inside was replaced by a thick-walled acrylic tube that is unbreakable, does not melt due to the temperature of the lamp and the metal part has been made a lot stronger. In short, it has become an unbreakable foundation for the valuable Pearlshade 2 hood that will last for centuries to come. The original Praying Mantis lamps were limited edition and produced entirely by hand. The Pearlshade 2 even has a patent on the model so that they were not allowed to be reproduced afterwards. That is why many 1950s Rispal lamps have a different shade than the original. The 'stabilizer' on top of the lampshade is also still present and that is also very rare. This wooden cone slides over the electrical cord and rests on top of the hood so that the hood remains stable due to the weight of the cone. If it is not present, the hood swings back and forth at the slightest sigh because it is so light. Even passing a little too quickly next to the lamp makes her swing when this stabilizer is not there. Only the electrical cord and the foot switch have been renewed with the same type as the original to be able to be used safely for years to come. But the original French B22 bayonet lamp socket was of course retained. These bulbs are still very easy to find online and new for the same price as a regular contemporary lamp and are nowadays even produced as LED lamps. So you don't have to worry about not being able to find the bulb anymore when it needs to be replaced. The lamp is equipped with an LED light bulb so that you can enjoy it immediately. Perhaps not unimportantly, the Praying Mantis 1st Edition has doubled in value in the last 5 years and will only increase in the future. The lamp is described in detail in the book: 1000 lights 1879 to 1959, Taschen Page 419. You might also like to give this background information: This iconic lamp is one of the best designs of the 20th century, designed by Rispal who was inspired by the abstract work of Hans Arp, also known as Jean Arp, and is therefore a design of unparalleled class. Jean Arp was a German/French sculptor, painter and poet who owned a house in Clamart next to that of Georges Léon Rispal. Hans Peter Wilhem Arp (his official name) was born in Germany on September 16, 1986 and died on June 7, 1966. His mother was from Alsace and his father from Germany. His designs belong to Dadaism/Surrealism and played a very important role in the development of modern art. When you look at the Mante Religious lamp, you can imagine that now, but certainly in 1953, this was a very modern and futuristic design that was far ahead of its time. The mystery of Rispal Georges Leon Rispal Little is known about this designer of the Rispal lamps. He was the son of wine merchants and was born in Paris in 1901. In 1924 he founded his lighting company in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, at 172 rue de Charonne. Its activities ceased in 1982. Then the factories and showroom were destroyed to make way for a real estate program. During this operation, all plans, manufacturing documents and other resources have disappeared. In short, the know-how of the Rispal company disappeared together with the demolition of the business premises. Classicism The earlier Rispal productions were very varied but quite classical in style. In the early 1950s, however, a particularly avant-garde catalog appeared. The name: "Formes Nouvelles" (New Forms). It included models largely inspired by Scandinavian design, as well as insights from artist Jean/Hans Arp. Fiction If there is one model that represents Rispal's avant-gardism, it is undoubtedly the Mante Religiouse or "praying mantis". A name given to the lamp over time by antique dealers and decorators. In reality, Rispal's products had no names, but numbers. Initially this lamp had just model number 14. The "praying mantis" is often attributed to a certain 'Jean' Rispal. This is pure fiction, because Jean Rispal never existed as a designer of lamps. Probably throughout history the combination of 'Jean' Arp and Georges Léon 'Rispal' was used in all confusion, which led to people thinking that the lamp was designed by a certain Jean Rispal. In any case, the only correct name of the maker is Georges Léon Rispal.

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1 pcs
42 cm
160 cm
45 cm


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