A French Bouilottee table lamp in the Empire Style with a Swan Motif. The lamp has three candles and a black tole shade with gilt decoration. Bouilottee was a card game which was very popular in France in the 18th Century. Due to the popularity lamps and tables were created to accommodate the players of the game. Metal shades were necessary for the candles and the familiar dish shape base served to hold gambling chips and catch melting wax. A ring finger finial topped the lamps off and made moving the lamps easier for players.
Empire style; Empress Joséphine had a penchant for swans (emblems of Venus) and these graceful creatures were used to decorate rugs, furniture, and porcelain in her residences.
This lamp is a fine early 20th Century example of a Bouilottee lamp. It is made of brass and has been painted with a fine gilt treatment. I have had the lamp completely rewired and inspected. New candle sleeves were added.
Measurements; 11"x11"x24". Weight is 8 pounds
Condition Report; Very good to excellent some marks on inside of shade, a bit of darkening on the base of lamp