This vintage lamp is a Mid-century Hollywood Regency collector’s piece, made in Italy. The gilded figurine is of a statue of the French revolutionary hero Jean Lannes. The figurine stands on a f aux black marble pedestal and is marked with his name and his years of birth and death.. On the base of the lamp is the original Borghese label dating the lamp to be from 1950 or earlier, the socket and wiring I believe to be original. It is shown with an old silk cut corner silk shade that has lost its inner lining. The shade is being offered with the lamp for the price we listed. An alternative shade option is available for and additional $40 including the additional shipping. The lamp and figurine are in very good condition given its age with the usual wear signs to be expected but no losses, scratches or etc.
Size: 23” ht. to top of finial, figure is 3 ½” wide and the base is 4” by 4”. The alternative shade shown is a black stipple f aux leather vinyl hard paper lined square shade (dimensions are 8” top, 10” bottom diameters 8 ½” slope).
Jean Lannes, 1st Duc de Montebello (10 April 1769 – 31 May 1809), was a Marshal of the Empire. He was one of Napoleon's most daring and talented generals. Napoleon once commented on Lannes: "I found him a pygmy and left him a giant". A personal friend of the emperor, he was allowed to address him with the familiar "Tu", as opposed to the formal "vous". On his death bed from a mortal wound while on campaign in Austria, the Emperor came to embrace him and wept. Lannes was a leader with the French expedition to Egypt under Napoleon and also a great military hero of the French Napoleonic Wars (Awards : Marshal of the Empire, Légion d'honneur (Grand Cross), Name inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe, Sovereign Prince of Siewierz and Duke of Montebello).
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