Gras Ravel 403 model adjustable table lamp

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Gras Ravel 403 model adjustable table lamp

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Rare Gras Ravel 403 model adjustable table lamp in original condition with oculist shade. France circa 1930

Bernard-Albin Gras came fromin the small town of Saint-Raphaël, France. By the 1920s, he had become a tireless engineer and inventor with a passion for improving working conditions for ordinary laborers.

Prolific in his work, Gras registered dozens of patents, including one for Lampe Gras in 1921. Few mobile lighting solutions existed then, and those that did were likely to shock anyone who attempted to move them. Gras sought a lamp that would shed light precisely where needed, with reflectors and supports for each task.

Desiring one solution, he ended up developing three: a clamp lamp that could be moved from workbench to machine, a sliding lamp that could follow the user and a pivoting lamp that could be precisely positioned over a table. All are marked by his innovative Bakelite ball system and spring-balanced arm construction for flexible positioning – both well ahead of their time.

His lamps soon found their way into machine shops, research laboratories, design studios and operating rooms. Architect Le Corbusier even seized upon the design for his own projects because it met his idea of the perfect object/tool: a form reduced to its pure function, free of superfluous ornament. Gras would lead a wave of other early adopters that included Eileen Gray, Robert Mallet-Stevens and Man Ray, among others.

Lampe Gras stands as its maker’s defining work, with a screw- and weld-free articulated design that is just as functional and appealing today as it was in its early years.

source: design within reach

The last photo shows this model in the original “Catalogue B – La Lampe Adjustable D.G.R.”

Dimensions: 

  • H: 50cm (19.69in)
  • W: 65cm (25.59in)
  • D: 7.5cm (2.95in)

Period: 

1930

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Peter studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts & The (then titled) Philadelphia College of Art both in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.

He’s been involved in the creative world since leaving Art college in 1987, selling paintings privately and commercially, mainly on commission.

In the early  1990’s he became involved in the antiques trade, his passion for fine & decorative antiques has made him a regular exhibitor at The Decorative fair in Battersea Park, Olympia & LAPADA Berkeley Square.

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Whilst his training is in traditional oil painting and printmaking, much of his work in the period 2005 – 2010 was made up of part digital, part traditional media – designed on the mac and printed/transfer printed onto different surfaces including paper, canvas, wood and ceramic.

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Based near Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire, England and also with a studio in France. He spends much of his time traveling between France and London.

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