Dirk van Erp - Design Masters New York Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, San Francisco

  • Literature

    Dorothy Lamoureux, The Arts and Crafts Studio of Dirk Van Erp, exh. cat., San Franciso Craft & Folk Art Museum, San Franciso, 1989, p. 22 for a similar example; At Home with Gustav Stickley: Arts & Crafts from the Stephen Gray Collection, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hanover, 2008, p. 81 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in The Netherlands to a metalsmith father, Dirk Van Erp emigrated to California in 1886 and began training as a coppersmith at the Union Iron Works of San Francisco. By 1910, Van Erp had entered into a collaborative design partnership with Elizabeth Eleanor D’Arcy Gaw, a Canadian-born craftsworker with extensive training from the C.R. Ashbee Handcrafters Guild in Camden, United Kingdom, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaw’s tenure at the Van Erp Studio lasted a short eleven months, during which time the design of the now iconic copper and mica lamp emerged. These rare works produced by both designers exhibit a mastery of proportion, coppersmithing skills and command of the hand-crafted Arts and Crafts aesthetic.


Table lamp

ca. 1911
Hand-hammered copper, mica.
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high, 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm.) diameter

Produced by Dirk Van Erp Studio, USA. Underside impressed with ghosted mark “D’ARCY GAW/DIRK VAN ERP” within a closed box below the windmill logo.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Design Masters

15 December 2010
New York