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Antique Ormolu & Sevres Porcelain Table Lamp 19th C

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Dating from around 1870 this is a wonderful example of an antique fine quality French Sevres porcelain and ormolu electric table lamp.

Featuring a central soft paste porcelain hand painted socle support depicting a cherub on a celeste blue ground, ending on an ornate ormolu circular base, with spreading scroll feet.

The fine craftsmanship throughout this piece is second to none and it is sure to add that special touch of class to your home.


This lovely French Sevres porcelain and ormolu lamp is in excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and the lamp professionally rewired in our workshops. You can see this from the photographs, although you are also welcome to check the piece for yourself by visiting our North London warehouse.

More About Ormolu

Ormolu, a term coined in 18th Century England, described the process of coating a piece of metal (in this case bronze) with an amalgam of mercury containing high-carat finely powdered gold. The mercury was fired off in a kiln leaving the gold adhered to the metal object. The process was discontinued in France in the 1830s due to legislation outlawing the use of the poisonous mercury. The process was replaced in modern times with electroplating, although experts agree that nothing replaces the depth and beauty of colour that the old process was able to produce.

More About Sevres Porcelain

Chinese porcelain (which was hard-paste) had been highly prized in Europe since the 14th century, and there were many attempts to replicate it, but the constituent elements were not fully understood. Various experiments took place and soft-paste porcelain was successfully produced in Europe from the 16th century onwards but it was not until 1708 that the first European hard-paste porcelain was produced at Meissen under strict secrecy. Porcelain production started in France under the sponsorship of Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour in 1738. The factory was moved to Sevres in 1756 on the initiative of Madame de Pompadour to be nearer her chateau. It took until 1770 for Sevres to discover the recipe for and start manufacturing hard-paste porcelain. The Sevres factory is still in operation today.

More Information and To View

When it comes to a fine lamp of this quality it is always preferable to view it in person if you can. However we appreciate that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this lovely Sevres porcelain and ormolu table lamp. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other lamps and bronze pieces at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to.

Our showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day.

Shipping, Delivery and Return

This is a delicate item requiring specialised packing and shipping to its final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship it to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements.

We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this French Sevres porcelain and ormolu table lamp unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return it in its original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 25 x Width 6 x Depth 6

Dimensions in inches:

Height 10 inches x Width 2 inches x Depth 2 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08511