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A limited run of smaller examples of this lamp are known to exist, with chamfered top corners and being etched en-scribed: SAINT THERESE with large block capital letters across the top section.
However, this larger example is inarguably one of the most desirable of items by Verlys France imaginable.
It was also commissioned by one of the most recognised and prominent Catholic cathedrals in the world: Notre Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris") in circa 1933, and the commission was awarded to Verlys.
I will, if I may, begin with the homage applied to this luminaire, for it is the sole reason as to why Verlys produced it.
The commemorative panel to the front base translates from French to English as follows: 'Tribute of Notre Dame De St. Choir to Mr Dean D'Jules Deregnaucourt in recognition of his 50 years presence c1883-c1933 VERLYS FRANCE.'
Seldom will there be a better ascription to any piece of glass by Verlys, not to mention the unquestionable quality of the piece as a luminaire...
Intaglio moulded to the reverse and with absolute precision, is a depiction of St. Therese 'little flower of Jesus.' It is a beautiful portrayal and her image is worshiped by millions...
Due to space allowance, I am only able to add very brief information here however Therese Martin was born January 2nd 1873 in Alecon France. She was one of nine children and only five reached adulthood. Her Mother died when she was aged four years old... At age 15 years, she entered the Carmelite Convent in Lisieux, where she lived a hidden and simple life of prayer and devoted her entire existence to God. Even through her very own tragic sickness and fear she remained faithful to God, however following her long struggle with tuberculosis she died at age 24... Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I Love You!"
Her inspiration touched many people and very quickly. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI c1925 and had she lived she would have been just 52 years of age when she was declared a Saint.
There can be no denial that Verlys captured this incredible devotion with remarkable affection, warmth and total regard, using glass. I feel certain that St. Therese would more than approve of this icon devoted to her... AMEN
It is a luminaire of historical importance and I am offering you the opportunity to acquire this outstanding piece.
The base is solid and sturdy and it has been cast to a high standard finish.
The glass is signed: Verlys France, and as can be seen is as next to mint as could be possible, and is completely free of any damage. The lamp fittings are original & working and contemporary to the piece however for obvious reasons of personal safety I am advising that it is checked by a qualified electrician, before you yourself can also admire with awe, the complete splendour & serenity of this sensational luminaire.
Verlys glass luminaire's do not get much better than this ... ... It is an absolute gem.
Total height: 11 inches Glass width: 6.5 inches x 0.75 inch thick Base dimensions: 9 x 2.25 x 2.5 high Postage weight: *3k *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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