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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1912-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
    Omega Workshops (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, turned and carved and painted

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Margaret Bulley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Roger Fry, who designed this lamp, was best known to his contemporaries as an art critic and curator. A passionate advocate of Post-Impressionist artists like Cézanne and Matisse, Fry founded the Omega Workshops in 1912 in order to promote appreciation of mass, colour and form as seen in Post-Impressionist painting. He felt that decorative objects could be used to train the eye to appreciate these characteristics, and that greater understanding of Post-Impressionism could be fostered in this way.

Under the umbrella of the Omega Workshops, numerous artists produced a wide range of objects for the home, including painted furniture and furnishing textiles. Affiliates of the Workshop were salaried, but were expected to spend only 3 half days a week in the group studio and to devote the rest of their time to fine art projects. Consequently the Workshop output was very varied, and reflected current trends in art.

This lamp displays Fry's preoccupation with form and colour, but, more suprisingly, also shows an interest in imitative paint techniques. The lamp shaft is decorated using a stylised form of marbling derived from the painted vernacular furniture tradition.

Physical description

Wooden lamp stand, designed for an electric light. The stand is in two parts - a turned base, with a turned and carved stand on top of it. A hollow down the centre of the stand would have held the electric cord. There is a metal light-bulb fitting at the top of the stand. The entire surface of the stand is hand-painted with geometric decoration in navy, red and yellow.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1912-1918 (made)


Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
Omega Workshops (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, turned and carved and painted


Diameter: 65 cm, Diameter: 71.2 cm diameter including handles, Height: 4.5 cm minimum height (is slightly warped so does not sit flat), Height: 4.9 cm maximum height (is slightly warped so does not sit flat)

Object history note

Lamp designed by Roger Fry for the Omega Workshops.

Descriptive line

Lamp, comprised of stand and shade, stand painted geometric decoration, designed by Roger Fry, Omega Workshops, 1912-1918.





Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns


Lighting; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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