Charles Bloomfields' glass lamp
This lamp was made by Vancouver art glass maker Charles Bloomfield (1877-1954) and painted by Martin Malfet (1876-1952). A fine example of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, the lamp incorporates an oak stem and base with opalescent hand-painted glass panels which depict four scenes in different French cities: Blois, Limoges, Soissons and Harbour La Rochelle.
Bloomfield worked for his family’s glazier business (Henry Bloomfield and Sons) until going on to start the Vancouver Standard Glass Company in 1910. One of his major works was the Melrose dome, now in the collection of the Museum of Vancouver.
Bloomfield worked with other Vancouver-based artists of the time, including Martin Nickolaus Malfet. Bloomfield instructed Malfet in the art of leaded glass, but Malfet was a skilled painter and glass etcher in his own right. His most outstanding local work was a series of acid-etched, peach-coloured glass panels featuring local wildlife, commissioned by the Hotel Vancouver in 1939. Malfet likely provided Bloomfield with the painted glass panels from which the lamp is constructed.