A charming vintage, Italian, tôle ware chestnut urn shaped accent lamp. The lamp decorated with a cream ground. The cover and base of the lamp painted with a classical olive leaf border. The sides of the lamp base with gilded lions' masks with ring handles. A very pretty little lamp illustrated with a fine knife pleated ivory silk lamp shade. The lamp designed for a 25w lamp socket.
The lamp decorated with pastel shaded dancing couples dressed in Regency style, circa 1811-1820 and certainly bringing Jane Austen to mind!
Could this be the scene following Mr Darcy’s invitation to Elizabeth?
Mr Darcy: “If you are not otherwise engaged, would you do me the honour of dancing the next with me, Miss Bennet”? (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)
An accent lamp is designed to produce a mood a look or feel in a room, rather than providing a major source of light in a space. In general, an accent lamp is a relatively small lamp, with usually no more than a maximum height of about 20" / 50cm including the lamp shade. Accent lamps also serve as decorative accents within a room.
Tôle ware as a decorating technique is said to have been developed to keep utilitarian household products from rusting, Also known as tôle peinte, which is a French term for painted tin, The technique was applied to a variety of household items - from humble utilitarian household goods to decorative fixtures in a wide range of styles.
Items were produced in sheet metal and dipped in molten tin or pewter to form a foundation that could be decorated with paint or varnish. Decoration was transfer printed or painted. The technique was actually developed in the early 18th century, eventually spreading across Europe and America. There was a revival of tôle ware in the 1950's when this accent lamp was produced.
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