Two-branch table lamp
Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Alexis Falize (1811-98)
Silver-gilt (vermeil), amethyst-coloured glass, pearl and turquoise; contained within the original leather case
Height: 44.5 cm
French (Paris), circa 1865
The case embossed with the crowned imperial ‘N’ of Napoléon III
Perhaps Napoléon III (1808-73)
The Workshop, III, no.11, New York, 1875, p. 172 (close variant)
The Fan Museum, Greenwich, Ct., 2011-12
The design of this table lamp is a distinctly later nineteenth-century interpretation of the bouillotte lamp, a form popular in France during the late-eighteenth century and Empire. The richness of its ornament typifies the glamorous decorative arts produced for the Court during the Second Empire; for the most recent account of this period see Guy Courgeval, et al., Spectaculaire Second Empire, Paris, 2016. The best account of decorative arts during the period remains Daniel Alcoufe, et al., L’Art en France sous le Second Empire, Paris, 1979.
For Alexis Falize, see Katherine Purcell, Falize: a Dynasty of Jewellers, London, 1999.