Anne Harriet Fish (1890-1964), although born in Britain became a renown artist, illustrator, and cartoonist on both sides of the "pond." Her work appeared in Condé Nast's Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Tatler. Fish also created designs for Fulper Pottery of Flemington, New Jersey, and Hubley Manufacturing Company, which made cast iron toys and novelties, such as doorstops. This lamp base is an Anne Fish design for Fulper. It features two very stylized flapper bathing belles sitting back to back. These colorful cuties are 6.25 inches high.
The egg-shaped heads, heart-shaped lips, and large half-circle eyes with long lower lashes are typical of Fish's frolicsome females.
Her signature appears by the hole that would have held the lamp stem. She signed her drawings and illustrations with only her last name.
The oval ink mark dates this piece between 1917 to 1934.
Fish's illustrations for Vanity Fair, first published in 1913, captured the essence of the new woman, youthful, slender, and always ready for a little flirtation or fun. Over a roughly 15-year period, Fish created some 30 covers for the magazine, as well as many inside illustrations. Two covers in particular portray similar dual bathing belles. This one dates from February 1916.
This pair of bathers perching on a perfume bottle appeared earlier on this blog. The bottle is stamped underneath “Bavaria” and is incised “X.F. 269,” “Dep,” and with the William Goebel crown mark. It is clear that this Goebel piece was inspired by the work of this popular illustrator of the period.