This rare double-cone Greta Grossman light with enameled shades and brass base sold for $37,500 at Los Angeles Modern Auctions on Oct. 7, setting a record for Grossman's lighting and putting her in the same league as 20th century greats such as Serge Mouille and Gio Ponti. The lamp, designed in 1948-49, was fabricated by Ralph O. Smith, a father-and-son machine shop in Burbank. "The design evolved from the same thinking that Charles Eames used for the LCW chair, in which you can take the pieces apart and stack them for easy shipping," Los Angeles Modern Auctions owner Peter Loughrey said. "Grossman's lamp designs give you the most sculptural look from very simple elements and the least amount of materials, which made it affordable. It's a very postwar American way of thinking about design."
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