G032 A French Classically Understated Yellow Opaline Glass Lamp - Circa 1810

        "Every room needs a touch of yellow".
         Eleanor McMillan Brown.

A very rare and ultra pretty, early 19th century, classic style French Opaline glass antique lamp of baluster shape.  The lamp with a yellow ground colour and expertly painted in miniaturist detail with two subjects, a harbour scene and a convent church in a wooded setting.

The large rectangular panels painted in subtle shades of grey or “en grisaille”, a French term for painting executed entirely in monochrome or near-monochrome in shades of grey.

The painted panels enclosed in gilded frames.  The rim and foot rim, fine line gilded.  The lamp seated in a custom made, gold plated, bronze base, the lamp cap en suite.  The lamp shown with a pleated, black silk shade suggestion.  This is a classically understated lamp with understatement being the most glamorous statement of all.

Opaline glass.
Opaline glass is usually opaque or slightly translucent, either white or coloured, made in France between circa 1800 and 1890.  Opaline resembles the milk glass of 16th-century Venice and the opaque, white glass associated with glass made in 18th century Bristol, UK.  Decoration included gilding, painting, and transfer printing.

Opaline glass reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoléon III in the 1850s and 1860s.  All Opaline glass is hand-blown, there are no seams and no machine engraving.  Some pieces, such as boxes, have been fitted with bronze ormolu mounts, rims and hinges.   Real Opaline glass was produced only in France. 

Napoléon I - Circa 1810 

Overall height (including shade) 21"/53 cm approx

Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications

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