Rare Louis XVI Style Antique French Tôle Lamp France circa 1840
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4.75" w x 4.75" d x 10.00" h
12.07cm w x 12.07cm d x 25.40cm h
A rare Louis XVI style hand painted tôle lamp from France c. 1840 featuring two scenes of dancing maidens on the shade now wired for American electricity. This unique lamp was originally created for use with a candle as a bedside or small table lamp. Painted metalware known as "tole" was often used for lighting pieces where an open flame was used as there was no danger of fire if a lighted candle was left unattended. The octagonal base of the lamp supports a circular column that holds and conceals the electric light while the metal shade is attached with a pair of slender arms that suspend the shade above the candlestick. The delicacy of the hand painted scenes depicting dancing maidens was a favourite motif used during the reign of Louis XVI because of its direct reference to Classical civilization seen in the frescoes revealed during the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now the lamp is fitted for a chandelier bulb and will add a touch of both colour and texture wherever it is placed in an interior.