"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." - Anonymous.
A large, vintage, Belgian, Keralouve lamp in the style of Boch Keramis. The lamp in Art Deco, Egyptian revival style. The oval shaped lamp enamelled with a pastel grey, ground colour, the base of the lamp with a wide aqua blue band.
The shoulder of the lamp with a wide band of Greek key in powder blue on a dark blue ground. The collar of the lamp in a dark blue enamel. The lamp decorated with six dark blue, seated and rather imperious cats in a very distinctive Art Deco, Egyptian revival style.
The cats looking superior, as only cats can, with long cats whiskers and wearing aqua blue collars. The cats seated on a fine Greek key band with long curving tails suspended below. The lamp seated on a custom made, polished Maple wood base. The custom made, lamp cap, gold plated.
A rarely found lamp for the cat connoisseur in original condition. The lamp shown with a lamp shade suggestion, in French Navy blue linen.Bastet the Egyptian cat goddess.
Cats, known in Ancient Egypt as "mau", were important in ancient Egyptian society. It has been estimated that cats were first domesticated from the Middle Eastern subspecies of the wildcat about 10,000 years ago.
Thousands of years later, the peoples in what would later be Upper and Lower Egypt had a religion centered on the the worship of cats. Praised for controlling vermin and its ability to kill snakes such as cobras, the domesticated cat became a symbol of grace and poise.
The cat goddess Bastet represented protection, fertility, and motherhood and was worshiped as an Egyptian goddess over 5000 years ago. The background for this lamp is taken from an Egyptian temple wall frieze, showing the cat goddess, Bastet.
Circa – Mid 20th Century
Overall height (including shade) 24"/61 cm approx
Some further insightful cat quotes…….
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill
When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her? Montaigne
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. Mary Bly
Cat's hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. Stephen Baker.
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. Ellen Perry Berkeley
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
Lamp shades can be ordered if required.