Sunday, November 2, 2008

Close to the Origin: The Triple Overlay Lamp

Front View of House
Section Of Entryway and Library

It had been 50 years since Deming Jarves strolled into Sandwich in pursuit of opening the infamous Glass Company. Once a very small town, Sandwich now thrives with a close community, united by ties to the production of high crafted glass works. In this town, glass fabrication is not a job; it is an art form, a way of life.

Though mostly a town comprised of modest homes, Sandwich has embarked on building a number of ornate and expensive homes reflecting the colorful, elaborate nature of the period’s glass production. The company currently fabricates a line of finely blown, delicate glass; a glass highly alluring to the upscale patrons. No other house in Sandwich could possibly capture the essence of the glass creations, so much as the new gothic revival off of Main Street.

            The American Gothic Revival is a style highly influenced by its past. Contrasting to the European Gothic Revival, the American is far more an exploration of materials and new inventions. Exceptionally demanded, it calls for speedy construction, as well as high crafted carpentry. The beauty is in the details, and it should accommodate pieces that will highlight said entities. It is no wonder then, that the new Triple Overlay Lamp will reside in such a dwelling.

            Tucked away in the home’s library, the Overlay Lamp stands as a symbol of exploration and persistence. It can also be seen as an aid in viewing the beauty of its surroundings. The glow highlights the hard work, the attention to construction, and the impact of both the lamp itself, as well as the building encompassing it.  The supplementary furniture in the room remains simple, paying homage to the lamps impacting statement. Soft fabrics and rich wood only appear more alluring in the soft glow of the space. Sure the other rooms in this particular house have Glass Lamps and other works from the factory down the street, but this lamp in the library, is extraordinary. It illuminates the hopes for a prosperous, highly knowledgeable future.

                 Situated in nearby Boston, the Nicholas House shares the same ideas as that of the Sandwich Home. Crafted in a beautiful manner, they are both commodities alone, but when furbished with ornate essentials, they are highly impacting. They both allude to a time of exploration and prosper. The Nicholas House is, however, a museum and therefore does not reflect the Sandwich home’s ties to its beloved and notable, Cape Cod Town. 

Works Cited:

The Sandwich Glass Museum:

Gothic Revival 1830- 1875 The Pointed Style:

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