$307,000 lamp by 'Denmark's cultural leader' could light up Brussels sale

Between €180,000-220,000 may seem like a steep price to pay for a "spiral" art deco lamp. But this example for sale was designed by one of the leading figures of cultural life in Denmark between the World Wars.

Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), the Danish author, architect and critic, was one of the most eager supporters of functionalism and simplicity in design. His most valuable invention was constructed in 1925, the so-called PH Lamp.

As with many of Henningsen's later designs, this thin brass, aluminum and copper spiral suspension model was produced by firm Louis Poulsen Lighting in 1964, just a few years prior to its designer's death.


Spiralling its way to auction success? Henningsen's 1964 lamp

Key to the lamp's significant value is its provenance and rarity. It is one of just five examples produced by Henningsen and Louis Poulsen for the Hall de la coopérative FDB in Albertslund, Denmark.

Measuring 138cm in height and 76cm in diameter, this rare and historic "spiral" lamp is set to be a leading light at Pierre Bergé & Associates Brussels auction on April 3. As mentioned, it carries a €180,000-220,000 (higher: $307,000) estimate.

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