D057 An Ultra Smart French Accent Lamp In Napoléonic First Empire Style - Circa 1870

"Any room, whatever its size, looks better with many little pools of light rather than a general glare. I like intimate low light just where and when you need it".
Roger Banks-Pye, Colefax and Fowler

An ultra smart, French accent lamp, or task light in Napoléonic First Empire style. The style takes its name from the reign of Napoléon I, the period known as the First French Empire 1810–1815.

The era was the artistic expression of Napoléon's plan for a French, European empire, based on the grandeur and martial expansion of imperial Rome. 

The lamp design inspired by a Roman altar.  The lamp base of fluted, ebonised oak, supported on a bronze doré tripod of horned satyr heads, standing on rams hoofed feet.  The lamp base standing on a cast, tri lobed base, the base with a molded acanthus border.

The combination of the bronze doré and the black oak, producing a very smart example in French First Empire style.  The lamp designed for a 25w lamp holder.  The lamp shown with a black pleated, silk lamp shade suggestion.

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.

Louis Napoléon III - Circa 1870

Overall height (including shade)  16.5"/42cm approx

Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications

The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only. 


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