This is an incredible vintage c. 1920s art deco nude figural gilt bronze table lamp, designed by Enrique Molins-Balleste (1893-1958). Molins-Balleste is known for his iconic use of the nude female form, incorporating movement and the black, gold, and white colorway so relevant to the art deco era of decorative arts. Molins-Balleste was born in Barcelona, Spain, and while working as an artist emigrated to Paris.
This piece depicts a female figure with a black skirt and nude from the waist up, caught in dance-like movement standing on the balls of her feet, head bent backward and arms outstretched, delicately lifting the frosted glass globe lampshade. She stands on a heavy, tapered trapezoidal black painted wood base. The figure is gold gilt bronze, with incredible detail and expression in the face and a suggestion of the Egyptian Revival style in her garment.
Famous for his beautiful and artistic figural lighting, he also made many sculptures using wood. The previous owner of this lamp obtained it from the owner of the jewelry store in whose window the lamp spent most of its life. (This is why the globe is painted with the following words on one side: "Home of the good luck wedding ring".) This detail makes this lamp a one-of-a-kind piece, which we think is so amazing for a collector who is passionate about the history, aesthetic, and decorative arts movements of the 1920s and 1930s. We can just picture the gorgeous interiors of the jewelry store in which this lamp glowed warmly.
The lamp is in excellent vintage condition with age-appropriate wear. It has a few surface markings/scuffing consistent with age on the base, but there is no noticeable paint loss to the figure. The lamp has functional wiring.
The entire lamp measures approximately 23 inches tall including the base. The base is 4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide.
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Enrique Molins-Balleste Jewelry Store Advertisement Gold Gilt Bronze Nude Female Figural Table Lamp with Frosted Glass Globe Shade
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