Two-branch table lamp

Ref: 1097
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and manufactured by Alexis Falize (1811-98)

  • Detail

    Silver-gilt (vermeil), amethyst-coloured glass, pearl and turquoise; contained within the original leather case

    Height: 44.5 cm

    French (Paris), circa 1865

  • Marked

    The case embossed with the crowned imperial ‘N’ of Napoléon III

  • Provenance

    Perhaps Napoléon III (1808-73)

  • Literature

    The Workshop, III, no.11, New York, 1875, p. 172 (close variant)

  • Exhibited

    The Fan Museum, Greenwich, Ct., 2011-12

  • Notes

    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.