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Bubble lamp, H-726

designed 1947; made 1952–79
Designed by George Nelson (American, 1908–1986), Manufactured by Howard Miller Clock Company (founded in 1926)

Object Place: Zeeland, Michigan


Overall: 54.6 x 27.9 cm (21 1/2 x 11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steel, translucent white plastic (polyvinyl acetate and non-drying oil), electrical elements

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)


Americas, Contemporary Art


Lighting devices


Early history unknown; by 2009, Mark McDonald, 330 Gallery, Hudson, NY; 2009, purchased by the MFA.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by James G. Hinkle Jr. and Roy Hammer