DIONYSIAN DANCER LAMP
DIONYSIAN DANCER LAMP
This lamp was built by the Marbro Lamp Company sometime after 1950; the author cannot find any information other than this concerning the lamp. The magnificently sculpted figure appears to be made of chalk-ware and is gilt, and depicts a Dionysian dancer playing a tambourine. The shade for the lamp is not original; the original was likely a much simpler shade, judging from the shades seen on other Marbro lamps. This shade is a Victorian design custom built by Vintage Lampshades & Accents.
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