A very pretty, French, neo classic style, late 19th century, opaline glass antique lamp. The lamp decorated with an elegant combination of fine gilding and polychrome enamels. The shoulder of the lamp gilded with a wide band of classical C scroll acanthus.
The decoration of the lamp divided into three panels, separated by finely gilded lozenge shapes. The gilded lozenge shapes separated with wide swags of blue forget-me-not flower heads and foliage.
Each of the three reserved panels, delicately painted in a pastel palette of colors, with subjects of loose bouquets of summer flowers, forget-me-nots, creamy white and pale pink roses.
The lamp seated in a custom made, bronze, gold plated stand and fitted with a custom made, gold plated lamp cap. The lamp shown with a pleated, dusky pink, silk shade suggestion. This is a very pretty lamp, over 130 years old. It has some very minor gilding loss to the decoration.
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. It reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon 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.
Overall height (including shade) 23"/58 cm approx
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