My idea of comfort is a good lamp to read by." Lucien Rees Roberts-Interior Designer
A very tall, boldly decorated, Bavarian Jaeger & Co, antique porcelain lamp of La Belle Époque. The solid baluster shaped porcelain lamp finely painted in a typically bold Art Nouveau style with a subject of Iris flowers and foliage. The Jaeger company was founded as Porzellanfabrik Jaeger by Fritz Jaeger in 1872 in Marktredwitz, in the then southern German kingdom of Bavaria.
The lamp decorated in a dramatic Art Nouveau style with tight buds and purple Irises in full flower, the stems rising from tight stands of Iris foliage. The Iris painting on a pale celadon iridescent lustre ground, the lustre ground rising to form high arched panels which appear to separate the Iris subjects. The shoulder and neck of the lamp with a solid gold ground. In Germany and Austria Art Nouveau is known as "Jugendstil" (young style).
This impressively decorated lamp showing the Art Nouveau inspiration drawn from the curvaceous lines of plants. Flowers, particularly the lily, the iris and the orchid were widely used. The Art Nouveau movement 1890-1914, was an international style of art and architecture, especially the decorative arts. It came to an end with the outbreak of World War I and represents the break from the formal academic art of the Victorian 19th century.
It is difficult to pinpoint the first works of art that officially launched the Art Nouveau movement. Some art historians suggest that the flowing lines and floral backgrounds found in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin represent the birth of the Art Nouveau, particularly the van Gogh paintings of Iris flowers which were greatly inspired by Japanese-style wood-block prints.
Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, stated that "all my work is based to some extent on Japanese art". It is interesting to note the obvious Japanese stylistic influence seen in the decoration of this tall Art Nouveau lamp. To the classical period Greeks, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
The lamp seated in a matte gold plated, solid bronze base. The lamp cap matte gold plated. The base of the lamp printed with the Jaeger & Co mark, a crossed pair of long-stemmed flowers and "J & C" in green, this mark was used between 1898 and 1923.
The lamp of large imposing size, with a circumference at the shoulder of 22"/56cm
There are two minor production marks to the matte gold plated, solid bronze base. This is a very solid, heavy lamp.
Please note the highly reflective surfaces producing camera flash.
Luitpold, Bavarian Prince Regent - Circa 1905
Overall height (including shade) 36"/ 91.5cm
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