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Boston, Mass.: The Chapman Co., 1907–1910. 52 photos (approx. 10 x 8 cm to 24 x 18.5 cm, plus margins), 3 mounted on black paperboards; 8 original watercolors on paper and cloth (12.5 x 9.7 cm to 20 x 26.5 cm), 2 mounted on black paperboards; 1 hand-colored photo (23.5 x 18.5 cm). 1 12mo brochure by Chapman Co., 8 pp. Misc. ephemera, 4 pp. Photos and drawings feature Waldo Chapman’s name and stamp and “property of the Chapman Co., Boston, Mass.” 1 8vo price list by C. W. Eschbach.

A small archive of photos and watercolors showcasing the Arts & Crafts lamps sold by the short-lived, Boston-based Chapman Company.

Chapman Company Decorative Lighting was established in 1907 by Alonzo Page Chapman (1848–1921), a furniture and footwear merchant, and his son, designer Waldo Ernest Chapman (b. 1879) who was educated at Harvard. As this archive documents, the company offered high-quality lighting and intricately designed lampshades as well as other decorative objects. Before dissolving in 1910, the firm manufactured mosaic works, lamps, andirons, leaded glass, fixtures, pottery, fire screens and bronze work. From its inception, Chapman evidently sourced its work from an already-established (but unknown) lamp maker. According to the company’s records, Waldo Chapman was serving as President of Chapman Co. in 1907. By the 1920s Waldo had entered the military; Alonzo went on to work in three furniture businesses until the time of his death in 1921.

This lot features over sixty photos and watercolor drawings of Chapman’s lamps. Also included is a Chapman Co. brochure that helps identify some of the lamps documented here and provides descriptions of some: Chapman’s Hop-oing Lamp; Ox-eyed Daisy Lamp; Golden Chain Lamp (“Clusters of these beautiful flowers and interwinding branches of leaves form a lamp that will harmonize anywhere”); Lily-pad lamp; Poppy Lamp; Wall Bracket; Wild Rose lamp; Hanging Globe Fixture; Fixture No. 111; Clematis Lamp (“Purple and white flowers. Soft and rich background with trellis effect. Green finish. This piece is a particularly beautiful one”), etc. Some photos feature multiple lamps on a single table, and the watercolor drawings capture Chapman’s colored lamps, whose “color effects” are described in the brochure as “rich and striking, yet in perfect harmony.” The brochure also describes how Waldo Chapman’s personal attention is given to “every step, maintaining Chapman productions true to the highest artistic standards from conception to completion.” Included is a price-list owned by Waldo of Baltimore’s C. W. Eschbach, a manufacturer of fine mirrors.

REFERENCES: The Chapman Company at leadedlamps.com

CONDITION: Moderate wear, some discoloration to photos but the effect is actually rather charming; some damp-staining to photos, some chipping at photo margins, a handful of photos fair, watercolors good.

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