Egyptian Revival Beam Light by Markel, c1930 Item # R2239
In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter was rewarded for the years he spent scouring the Valley of the Kings, long after experts declared there was nothing more to be found there. King Tutankhamen tomb was found, and the world went mad, quite mad, for all things Egyptian. In truth, Egyptmania had ebbed and flowed for over 100 years by then, with, for example, the Victorian's regularly holding mummy-unwrapping parties and the Museum of Egypt being a must-see for all seasoned travelers, but this time was different. How? It coincided with two things: Movie Theaters and Art Deco. Movie theaters, like the famous Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, helped bring Egyptian-themed decorative elements to people en masse, and Art Deco, as a movement that celebrated clean lines and soaring emblems, embraced hieroglyphic styling as its own.
We like to think that Markel Electric Products of Buffalo, N.Y. would have had all this in mind when it produced this little beam light beauty, from its 8100 Line, introduced in 1930, and that it was just being demure when it focused more on this selling point: available in a range of colors to "blend with the colorful wall papers and new pastel tints" of the early Depression era.
- Historical Style: Egyptian Revival
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