"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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