Floor lamp (one of a pair)

designed about 1928; made 1928–31
Designer Walter von Nessen (American, born in Germany, 1889–1943), Manufactured by Nessen Studio, Inc. (founded in 1927)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Catalogue Raisonné



171.45 x 34.29 x 34.29 cm (67 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brushed chromium-plated brass, cast iron, electrical fittings

Not On View




Lighting devices

Each brushed, chromium-plated brass floor lamp is composed of a fluted center column, with three cone-like nesting shades, opening upwards. There are four rings around the center column below the shades, and two rings around the bottom above the circular base. The circular base has four small, circular, steps leading upwards to the base of the column. The base sits on three small, circular feet. The electrical switch is on the column, and a cord extends from the base.


Marked on underside of feet, "NESSEN/STUDIO/N.Y./N76."


See J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern, p. 175, ill. p. 60. Published in Modern American Design (AUDAC) 1930, p. 86

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection