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Sierra Columbia TV Planter/Lamp


A unique and rare Sierra-Columbia vintage 1950s TV Planter/Lamp. All pieces are in very good condition with no visible cracks or chips, and has the original working electrical cord. Base: filigree gold metal w/ceramic inner dish/planters. Shade: gold metal w/fiberglass. At TV this lamp was reviewed and rated at 4**** in VALUE and RARITY - "I love this lamp! Sierra-Columbia made a number of these planter/lamps with figures, but this one with the Polynesian/Hawaiian theme is my favorite."(link to ratings article: http://www.sierra-columbia_lamps.htmlA bit of Sierra-Columbia History: Sierra-Columbia has a history that is unique in all of ceramics. Located on Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, California, Sierra-Columbia was established around 1950 by Filmore C. Levy, who had previously been in the business of scissors manufacture. Mr. Levy determined that ceramics would be a more profitable enterprise, and the factory was converted to the production of various pottery items. A clever use of tin scraps leftover from scissors production was implemented, resulting in the metal bases for planters and TV lamps. Once the nature of their manufacture is understood, a scissors-shaped decoration can be clearly seen on many of their products, done in such a way as to completely disguise their origin. Sierra-Columbia also sold lazy susans and numerous ashtrays, often embossed with advertising for Lucky Strike and other tobacco companies. In 1957-58 a kiln explosion resulted an all-consuming fire that put an end to the company after less than a decade of production. Levy later manufactured pottery under the name Mark-Charles, but this company was active only briefly, perhaps a couple of years.  Filmore Levy passed away in 1962.  Many thanks must go to to Mark J. Levy for sharing the background of his fathers company.   

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 March, 2011.

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