"Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence". John Milton
An impressively tall antique lamp in Greek revival style. Produced by the English company of J. Pratt of Fenton, Staffordshire (1851-1878). The lamp in classical Greek black Attic amphora shape and decorated with two principal Pratt printed subjects. Apollo, god of the sun, accompanied by Aurora, goddess of the dawn and Temple Sacrifice at the altar of Apollo.
There are four related Pratt prints, temple priests and priestess and Greek javelin warrior with helmet and shield, emblazoned with the face of the sun. In classical Greek mythology, Apollo steered his chariot across the sky from east to west, so producing the rising and setting of the sun.
The lamp with a matte black ground in Etruscan vase style. The oval body of the classic amphora shape with narrow neck and curved gilded handles on either side, the amphora supported on a short socle on a circular base.
This is an early example of the revived interest in classical Greek and Roman design. It was around 1845 that the early development of colour printing on ceramics began. One of the firms to recognize the commercial viability of polychrome printing was the English firm of F & R Pratt and Co.
The firm was noted for its excellence in production in this field under the direction of Felix Edwards Pratt and his chief engraver, Jesse Austin. This lamp is an outstanding example of mid 19th century colour printing on ceramics. The lamp seated in a custom made, matte gold plated bronze base and fitted with a matte gold plated lamp cap. The lamp with a weight of 4.2 kg / 9.25 lbs. There is a small area of the matte black ground with minor flaking as shown in image eight. The lamp shown with a pleated, black silk shade suggestion.
Queen Victoria - Circa 1870
Overall height (including shade) 35"/89 cm approx
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