Antique Pair French Ormolu Cherub Candelabra Table Lamps C1870
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Dating from around 1870 this pair of antique table lamps started life as ormolu candelabra and were converted to table lamps at a later date.
This magnificent pair of antique table lamps are wonderfully decorated with fabulous gilt bronze foliate scrolls and playful seated cherubs who are draped with flowers against the fabulous ormolu lamp bases.
These antique table lamps are incredibly decorative and will add a luxury and glamour to any room in which they are placed. The modelling and craftsmanship is truly fantastic and standing at 75cm (2 feet, 5 inches) they are eye catching and sure to become a talking point.
The use of cherubs in art and decorative objects has a long and fascinating history. Cherubs such as those depicted on this pair of antique table lamps were ‘invented’ by artists such as Raphael during the Italian Renaissance to show male babies or toddlers to represent the presence of pure love around people. Called ‘putti’ (coming from the Latin word puttus meaning “boy), they were often depicted with wings like angels. About the same time the classical god of love, Cupid also started to be depicted as a baby or young child often with angelic wings as well.
The association of ‘putti’ with cherubim angels was a small leap as both were concerned with love and purity and so the word ‘cherub’ began to refer not only to the angels but also ‘putti’. However, in reality there is a great deal of difference between these romantic and playful cherubs and the rank of angels known as cherubim. The latter are depicted in the Bible as fiercely strong and exotic creatures with multiple faces, wings and eyes, very different from those depicted on this pair of antique table lamps.
These antique table lamps are in really excellent condition as can be seen from the in-depth selection of photographs we have provided for you to look at. They have been fully cleaned and professionally rewired in our workshops so you can be assured that they are in full working order.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 21 x Depth 21
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 8 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: R0036
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