"The Ancient Egyptians considered it good luck to meet a swarm of bees on the road. What they considered bad luck I couldn't say." Will Cuppy
A very stylish and exceptionally rare pair of French, Legrand-Limoges, Egyptian revival candlestick lamps of the Art Deco era. The lamps decorated in the very distinctive Egyptian revival manner. The lamps with a matte black ground, the circular bases of the lamps with a border of pastel apricot lustre and decorated with three stylised luster fan shaped reserves, the shaped reserves outlines in gold.
The reserves with Egyptian stylised palm leaf motifs and stylised Nile reeds in green. The base of the columns with double gilded rings. The black matte columns decorated with stylised Nile reeds in gold. The columns terminating in pale apricot bands enclosed by gilded rings. The apricot bands with square shaped, jewel-like green motifs, (think Art Deco jewellery).
The lamps with faux candles and matte gold plated candle caps. The lamps seated in custom made, bronze, matte gold plated lamp bases, the bases with a black enamel trim.
The Egyptian revival:- Art Deco began in Paris in the early years of the 20th century, however, it was Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb which sparked the development of the Art Deco Egyptian revival movement. It was then that there was a sudden rush of interest in ancient Egyptian art which became known as "Egyptomania".
The Art Deco movement was in full swing and Egyptian decorative motifs would become an integral part of the language of Art Deco, a style that dominated the decorative arts until the late 30‘s. The Art Deco Egyptian revival was a globally popular style and affected many areas of design. It was used in a wide array of products such as ceramics, fashion , textiles and jewellery and had a heavy influence on architecture and interior design.
This outstanding pair of Art Deco, Egyptian revival lamps are rare and lamps of this type as matched pairs are particularly difficult to acquire, with damages and losses over the past hundred years having greatly reduced the available examples. These smart lamps have a distinctive Deco jewel-like quality about them. The lamps shown with black pleated, silk lamp shades.
Overall height (including shades) 25"/63.5cm
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications