This is a remarkable piece that we married with a great kerosene lamp. We looked for months and months for an oil font that would fit this wonderful old base. We finally found one that would make a wonderful pair and do the base justice. The base has wonderful raised enamel decorations shaped in large interlocking hearts. The upside down hearts has raised cream & red designs surrounded by a smooth gold background. The royal blue base color comes up between the upside down hearts to create hearts with a blue background with red and cream designs inside of it. On the corners of the base are fleur de lis in cream, red and navy blue. The lamp font is a white milk glass with a beautiful hand painted blue vine design on the first tier and gold Greek key design on the upper portion. The brass burner has a wonderful patina. The wick adjustment knob has Patented 1877 and Aladdin on it. The base has a few places where the enamel has been lost; please see pictures for condition.
IT IS RARE TO FIND FAIENCE / MAJOLICA IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
French Pottery started at the end of the 18th century in a Carmelite convent belonging to the family Huart de Nothomb. The initial production included figured and decorative relief, and popular ware with revolutionary inscriptions. Napoleon commissioned a Legion of Honor service, decorated with bees, eagles & imperial crowns, in 1808. In 1865, Fernand and Hippolyte d'Huart, whose family had inherited the pottery 25 years before, took over as managers. Longwy made tiles and Majolica Panels, and decorative pieces. Soon before WWI, the cloisonné enamels were restyled in keeping with contemporary taste, but production ceased from 1914 until after the end of the war because of German Bombardment. The pottery produced octagonal flasks, Pilgrim Bottles, boxes, many in art deco style with Female nudes, sunset landscapes, stylized flowers, etc., and in the 1920's some for Atelier Primavera. The name Longwy was used for brilliantly enameled ware sold at Le Bon Marche in the 1920's, the factory ceased work from 1940 until the Liberation and now makes fine earthenware.
Measures: Base: 6 1/2 H x 6" W Base and Lamp: 13" H x 6" W Base with Lamp & Shade: 18 1/2" H x 6" W
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