Counter-balance table lamp

designed about 1934
Designed by William Lescaze (American, born in Switzerland, 1896–1969)

Object Place: New York, Probably New York


Overall (without shade): 63.5 x 15.9 x 7.6 cm (25 x 6 1/4 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chrome-plated metal, paper/parchment shade (replaced)

On View

John Axelrod Gallery (Gallery 326)




Lighting devices

A chrome-plated metal rod forms the shaft of the lamp. The rod sits on a short, cylindrical base. The lighting element, a single bulb, attaches to the top of the shaft, and the cone-shaped shade attaches directly to the bulb. The lamp is held in place by a spherical weight. This counterbalance is suspended directly underneath the base by a tube of chromed metal, which extends over the edge of the table in an arch from the base, connecting to the spherical weight underneath the table.


By 1987, Fifty/50, New York; 1987, sold by Fifty/50 to John Axelrod; 2010, gift of Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2010)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection