G040 An Elegant, 19th Century, Indian, Bidri Accent Lamp - Circa 1880

I like practical and useful things as well as fine and rare things”   Thomas O’Brien   Interior designer

A rare and very elegant,19th century, Indian, silver inlaid Bidri, pear shaped antique accent lamp or task light of very smart style.  The lamp decorated with lappet shaped reserves outlined in black.  The lamp overall decorated in a matrix of small quatrefoil silver shapes known as Asharfi-ki-booti stars.

The lamp seated in a custom made, satin black enamelled, bronze base, the lamp cap, en suite.  The combination of the silver inlay and the black enamel, resulting in an ultra smart look.  The lamp shown with a cerulean blue, silk shade suggestion. The accent lamp designed for a 25w lamp socket.                  


Produced in Karnataka in South West India, Bidriware is believed to have originated in the city of Bidar in the 14th century, during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans.

Bidriware is cast and annealed from a uniquely Indian metal alloy of zinc, copper and tin.  The vessels are overlaid or inlaid with silver, brass and sometimes gold.  A paste mixed with ammonium chloride and water is then rubbed onto the heated Bidri surface.  This paste selectively darkens the body while having no effect on the silver inlay.

Accent Lamps
Accent lamps are designed to produce a mood, a look or feel in a room, rather than providing a major source of light in a space.  In general, an accent lamp is a relatively small lamp, with usually no more than a maximum height of about 20" / 50cm including the lamp shade.  Accent lamps also serve as decorative accents within a room. 

The name “accent lamp” is derived from the word “accentuate”, meaning to emphasize something or to make something more noticeable.  Accent lamps, by example, can be used on a writing desk, a mantle piece or side table.

Anglo India - Circa 1880

Overall height (including shade) 17"/43 cm approx

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