“If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (1867-1959)
A superb and rare, French First Empire, Paris decorated lamp of exceptional artistic quality. The lamp with a gilded and vibrant green ground. This particular shade of green was the favourite colour of Napoléon throughout the French First Empire (1804-1815) and is sometimes referred to as "Napoléonic" green.
The lamp is superbly gilded with bright gilding, matte gilding and chased gilding. The front of the lamp is decorated with a beautifully painted panel in polychrome enamels with a subject derived from classical Greece. The subject entitled along the top of the chased gilded frame of the painting “L'origine de la peinture, (The Origin Of Painting).
The subject shows two shepherds, he, seated and casting his shadow on an upright stone column. The shepherdess, outlining his silhouette, hence, “Is This The Origin of Painting?" The sides of the lamp with slender, bright gilded corbels terminating in finely modelled winged angelic figures in white bisque, or unglazed porcelain.
The reverse side of the lamp with a gilded and green ground, the green ground with a central gilded medallion, chased with a subject of a putti drawing on a slab of stone. The lamp on a short, matte gilded socle and circular base, mounted on a square black marble base. The lamp with a custom made, gold plated lamp cap. The lamp shown with a pleated, emerald green, silk shade suggestion. This is an outstanding example of French First Empire, Paris porcelain.
Napoléon I - Circa 1815
Overall height (including shade) 24"/61cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.