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Antique French Blackamoor is an Epergne Stand, Enameled Amethyst Glass Vase
We're always on the lookout for the wonderful 19th century French Blackamoor figural items like liqueur servers with barrels on their backs, or figural stands holding mother of pearl baskets, woven brass wire baskets - those wonderful accent items favored by famed Tulsa designer extraordinaire, Charles Faudree, (of whom, very sadly, we still mourn the loss). Often a signature piece shown in his books full of his very special Country French decor, he helped to popularize these figures, I think. No French Country decor should be without one or more of these wonderful pieces, and you've come to count on us to supply them. Remember, these are not slave figures but are Napoleonic Empire exotics, the market men and women of the expanding Empire's Middle East and African conquests and explorations, and represent free-market people with their beautiful big baskets and trays and barrels of goods at market. These figures do not denigrate, but do celebrate the beautiful early 1800s tradesmen of an expanding world. And we love them! This one is a female figure who is worked into a rather elaborate and extending mount for flower vases, a pair of enameled purple glass vials that might remind one of the water carriers of Napoleon's era and exploration. All things exotic were popular in both the era of Napoleon and then later in a revival of Empire during Napoleon III's reign as France's last emperor, c.1850-70s (roughly). These figures come to us from that Second Empire period, c.1850s. And this is a desk stand. Might have held candles at one time, as a desk top lamp. It's got that ring handle top for portability, as you can see.
Very good to excellent for age and type. The figure still retains much of the black paint (cold painted cast white metal, similar to spelter). Base is a brass plinth and the other fittings are also brass wire and form. A little rub to the enamel on the mounted glass flutes, visible in our images, and a few tiny nips to rim, also can be viewed on image. None I would consider a chip, but roughness to the fingertip. No breaks to the ormolu harness/head-dress of figure which creates framework for the stand, all sturdy and complete.
Measurements: 9.5" tall, 6.5" widest; 5" tall figure, and vase pair each are 5" tall and mouth is 1.5" in diameter.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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