D002 A Large Portrait Fruit Wood Bust Of Louis, Dauphin / Louis XVI of France - Circa 1950's

Posted on May 26, 2019 by Maurice Robertson | 0 Comments

"Vive le Roi ! 

The importance of interior lighting is an undisputed fact with the table lamp making a major contribution.  The illumination of a room, hall or living space, is only half the story, for a lamp, when viewed as more than "just lighting" can serve, along with pictures and antiques, not only as a work of art, but a functional work of art, offering visual pleasure while fulfilling a most practical role.

We have before us today, a very wide range of shapes and styles from which to choose, from the antique and traditional to space age minimalism.  

Some lamps have a story to tell and the lamp shown here is of the ill-fated Louis XVI of France. A hand carved, French, vintage, portrait, fruit wood bust as a lamp. The subject is Louis-Auguste Dauphin of France. 

Louis is shown as a handsome young man of 15. He wears a short, side curled, powdered wig, tied at the back of the neck with a large silk bow.  At his throat is a tied linen cravat, or, stock, a stiffened linen neck cloth.  Across his right shoulder he wears the Sash of the Order of the Holy Spirit. The Order was worn suspended from a sky blue, silk moiré ribbon, Le Cordon Bleu.

Overall height (including shades) 30" / 76cm
This elegant busts on a short socle and standing on custom made, faux marble, circular base. The bust depict Louis at the time of his marriage on the 16th of May, 1770, Louis aged 15 and Marie Antoinette was 14.  On the day of her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Marie Antoinette became Dauphine de France.  At the death of Louis XV, in May 1774, his son, Louis-Auguste,ascended the French throne as Louis XVI. He was 19. Marie Antoinette assumed the title of Queen of France and Navarre.  

During the Reign of Terror, at the height of the French Revolution, Louis XVI was deposed and the royal family imprisoned.  Marie Antoinette was tried, convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on the 16th October, 1793, nine months after the King.

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B087 A Rare Antique French Art Nouveau Ernst Chaplet Stoneware Lamp - Circa 1905

Posted on May 06, 2019 by Maurice Robertson | 0 Comments

Ernst Chaplet's fired stoneware, is and will continue to be regarded as among the finest ceramic work of modern times, both from the artistic and documentary standpoints. An indefatigable worker, he devoted his whole energy to the arduous task of discovering the process of this art.  Gabriel Mourey

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Table Lamps For An Elegant Interior

Posted on April 14, 2019 by Maurice Robertson | 0 Comments

The “art” of interior design is generally seen as divided between modern contemporary, eclectic; interiors which include design components from a range of sources and classic or traditional interior design.  A definition of classic is “a work of recognised excellence" or one that has stood the test of time.

A classic lamp, by definition, is well qualified, having seen a minimum of 100 years of changes in fashion and trends.  Here it stands a century later, as elegant and timeless as the day it was made, having survived them all!

For a classic or eclectic interior, fine antique table lamps will quickly “pull the look together”, adding interest and an overall sense of high style.

Sophisticated interior design requires thoughtful and subtle lighting.  To over or under light a beautiful interior is to detract from the finished effect.  The great benefit of table lamp lighting is that it is easily portable, allowing for lighting to be re positioned to produce the most satisfactory outcome.

The classic lamp calls for the classic lampshade.  Lampshades can be made in many materials with silk being the fabric of choice.  For the ultimate in luxurious furnishings, silk can also be used to line a shade ensuring a professional and polished finish.  This sumptuous textile is available in an almost endless array of colours and is the last word in elegance and refinement.  A full range of shade styles are available in any shape.  Soft or bonded, knife, box or diamond pleats or perhaps a ruffling effect.

Our home interiors are an important part of our lives offering an excellent means of self expression and comfortable retreat from the busyness of the world in which we live.  Well placed antique and decorative lamps with their gentle, glowing light make a valuable contribution to the feeling of any classic interior.

An antique lamp can be a lot more than just a source of interior lighting; it can also be a work of art with a major contribution to the classic / eclectic interior. 

Antique lamps with a “presence” can add to our visual appreciation of life.  An antique lamp can be seen and appreciated in just the same way as a picture, which can add so much to enrich our experience.

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