Originally designed in 1913 by Roger Fry, the founder of the Omega Workshop; a group of artists in London dedicated to designing & producing artistic furniture, accessories & interiors in bold modern designs & colours.
Both in shape and colour they looked forward to the coming Art Deco style (especially the stepped bases & fasceted tops). The influence of Cubism from Europe is evident in the style of these lamp bases.
The 6 sided pieces near the top are especially difficult to make; they are mitred and 6 sided. And to complicate matters even more they are then hand carved to creates highs & lows, almost like cutting a large diamond! Each of the 36 facets is then painted a different colour as well! The bottom RH photo shows one of the lamps with a Clarice Cliff painted lampshade. More information on this is shown on the Clarice Cliff page. This does make them expensive to produce, but visually very interesting. Made to order.