Not a common theme, Bull TV lamps are often bold designs that suit the subject well. The Haeger bull centers around a beautifully sculpted figurine, and the Kron/Texans "Bull & Brands" is a spectacular, unique creation.
Very unusual, this Bull & Brands TV lamp is ultra-rare, and at 15" tall it's hard to ignore. The bull & brands seldom comes up for sale, and as a result doesn't have much of an auction "track record" to assist in determining value. It is undoubtedly one of the least common Kron designs, and you can expect to pay $$$. Like the bear and the owl, it was also produced as a table lamp, but I've yet to come across one. The table lamp version is known only from the old Texans catalogs.
|Back view of the bull & brands TV lamp.|
|The Bull TV lamp is one of only two TV lamps that have the Gunter-Kron marking. This particular example features the signature of designer Richard Gunter.|
What a great design! This Royal Haeger bull is rare, and a real beauty. This one isn't a Royal Hickman design, but was instead designed in 1955 by Eric Olsen. Photos courtesy of Ron Parrish, Paducah, KY.
|Another view of the Royal Haeger Bull. While a pure, bright red like this is a rare color (Called Haeger Red by the company), mounting one of their figurines on wood to make a TV lamp was a common practice at Haeger. Examining the back of this lamp shows the modern-style metal fixture often used by Haeger, rather than the bakelite seen on many other TV lamps.|
|Examining the back of this lamp shows the modern-style metal fixture often used by Haeger, rather than the bakelite seen on many other TV lamps.|
This wonderful bull TV lamp is unusual and rare. Oddly enough, it has a very clear © symbol on the back, but no other markings. The styling doesn't speak of any particular maker, but I'm inclined to attribute it to Royal Fleet, as the beautifully airbrushed gold is similar to their work. (and, for whatever it's worth, the stylized bull is very Picasso-like!) Photos courtesy of Crystal Payton, co-author of Turned On: Decorative Lamps of the 'Fifties.
|Back view of the bull TV lamp.|
|Here's a look at the bottom of the bull TV lamp.|
In stark contrast to the lamp above, this California Originals TV lamp bold rather than graceful. Its size makes it a real showpiece, as it is 9½" tall and 21" long! Photos courtesy of Brian Thompson at eBay's Tonyasattic2003.
|With a back view we can see the markings, which read E-41029 and CAL. ORIG. U.S.A. L-430.|
|The accuracy of proportions and care with detail show this to be the work of a master sculptor.|