This is a beautiful Art Nouveau period lamp with the foundry stamp of Paul Francois Louchet who lived from 1854-1936 in Paris France. The bronze is a semi nude young woman clad in an outer garment and bare at the chest. She has her arms held straight out at her sides, unclothed to the waist. Her lovely young face is turned slightly upwards. There is a European light fixture behind her head that holds a small bulb that would need an adapter to work in the US. The light is turned on at a switch on the cord which was replaced before she came to me. She stands on an oxblood square of marble base 1 1/2" high. She measures 14 1/2" tall and is 11" across. The condition is good but she lived in both Carmel and before that in Santa Monica so she has loss of some of the dore across her chest. She is in otherwise great condition for her age. She has the Foundry and the artists name plus Paris. She also is named Tabatier. Tabatier comes from the estate of Jenna McMahon who was a pioneer of early television. She wrote for the Carol Burnett show and had her own sitcom called Mamma's Family. During her career she won three Emmys for her skills. She was a dear friend of mine and I am selling her many treasures to benefit her many charities. She was an original funny lady. Jenna worked and taped at CBS and would run over at lunch to Butterfields on Sunset to place bids on her favorite pieces on a regular basis. This was one of her favorite pieces.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
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