Soon after Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in the 1870s, electric lamps began to replace gas models in urbanized areas. Produced in New York, Paris, and Munich, there was widespread appeal of artificial lighting in homes at the turn of the century. They are unique expressions of an ornate style which came to be known as Art Nouveau. Inspired by nature—Majorelle’s takes the form of a water lily—their organic forms conceal the technical innovations within.
Gallery label from 2021