** Since listing this piece (early May 2013) it has been appraised by two of the leading exponents of c20th glass at the Antiques Roadshow, held at Polesden Lacey, England on Thursday 16th May, where it was thought (though not 100% attributed) to having been produced by Saint Louis, in Lorraine France. Perhaps best known & recognised for their outstanding paperweights, Saint Louis however are the oldest established glass manufacturer in France, and can be traced back to c1586 and in c1781 they were also the first crystal glass manufacturer throughout continental Europe. My own attribution of this luminaire being possibly by Baccarat (based upon my opinion as mentioned below) was questioned at the Antiques Roadshow, but not entirely ruled out, however it is more likely that this piece is by Saint Louis, subject to the opinions of qualified & highly regarded experts within the field of glass. I have decided to leave this listing as is and without alterations whilst adding this paragraph, as the rest of the description about this amazing piece as now follows is unquestionable **
This is an important French Art Deco lamp luminaire which has been exceptionally well designed & crafted using quality crystal and metal. It is an incredible survivor from the 1930s and is an extremely scarce piece indeed.
The wonderful 3 dimensional decorative features of the glass panel itself have been wheel-cut intaglio to the reverse of the piece. This provides visual depth to the glass and the illusion of movement. Over and above (and seldom seen) are the various pastel-colour shades of patina (all of which is original to the piece) that have been used to give subtle emphasis to the aquarium scene. Acid-etching has also been applied to certain areas of the crystal the to provide a matt-satin finish It's an incredible work of art, even when unlit...
... However, turn this lamp ON and a whole new visual display flashes in an instant, to fill any suitable interior setting with a scene that is truly incredible.
All of the original lamp fitments are in excellent working order, however please appreciate that due to reasons of safety I shall remove the plug from the flex before this item can be shipped to any destination.
The Art Deco `stepped' metal base compliments the glass panel beautifully. It is within the base where the light bulb is situated and disguised. The glass becomes like a fibre-optic once the lamp has been switched on. The light diffuses & spreads throughout the glass, highlighting the mouldings and the edges of the piece. One forgets at times, that this is not a real water-filled aquarium, particularly at night whilst the lamp is on. It is quite simply stunning.
The solid crystal panel is an impressive 1 inch thick and has all of the edges & corners have been bevelled & polished to provide a luxurious finish. No expense was spared to create this luminaire. The base has been cast using bronze, which sits upon 4 small `bun-shaped' feet to each corner.
Very surprisingly for an item that is of obvious quality, there are no signatures or maker marks to be found. There are also no luminaire's to compare it with and so to establish the maker with absolute attribution is almost an impossible task, as the piece is also unique. I can only offer my best opinion based upon the quality of crystal and its intaglio workmanship, and having eliminated numerous known makers who created such works, I have concluded that it is most probably by Baccarat... However, I would welcome positive & accurate attribution from any party.
It can be said that this is an obvious choice for the connoisseur collector/admirer and it is not a piece which one sees every day. In terms of investment there is only one direction that this piece will go, and that is UP! You are not spending money when you purchase glass such as this you are investing it wisely whilst also having the opportunity to cherish and to adore this magnificent work from the Art Deco period...
... You will not be disappointed to covet this piece. I can assure you.
Base dimensions: Length: 10.75 inches – 27.5cms Width: 3.5 inches – 9cms Height: 2 inches – 5cms
Total height: 8.75 inches – 22.5cms
Postage weight: *6k *This is a solid and heavy piece produced from bronze and 1 inch thick crystal, however Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
Item ID: JJ874
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