An excellent orientalist porcelain night light (veilleuse), modeled and signed by Ernest Gazan and made by the very well known firm of Edmond Etling (early 20th c). The cover is surmounted by a kneeling girl in a yellow and black striped turban. She sits on a plush floor cushion with black tassels hanging from each corner, creating a striking contrast against the bright yellow base. The girl holds a bouquet of flowers which are pierced to allow slender rays of light to pass through. Her pupils are also pierced, which brings her to life when lit! Signed Gazan and Editions Etling, Paris and marked with initials SEGB.
The last picture was taken in the dark, with a light placed inside. The nightlight is made from a particularly fine and translucent porcelain, which allows the light to shine through and bring life to the piece. The colors become brighter and more vibrant when the light is on (particularly her pants which become an amazing powder blue, as well as her turban - the light comes through on the yellow stripes and creates a wonderful contrast against the black stripes). Both the flowers and her eyes are pierced, which allows light to pass through and animate her face.
Condition: Excellent, original condition! Includes the original lamp mount, (the unsafe wire was cut long ago). The piece may be easily rewired but it also displays beautifully as a sculpture.
Measurements: 6 in high x 4 in wide x 4.5 in deep 15.5 cm high x 10 cm wide x 11.5 cm deep
Ernest Gazan is an early 20th French artist, who produced works in both ceramic and bronze, edited by Etling.
Edmond Etling is one of the most respected editors of early 20th c sculpture, having worked in bronze, glass, and ceramics. Etling edited works by some of the most well respected Art Deco sculptors (including Chiparus, Colinet, and Le Faguays). A majority of the most valuable Art Deco sculptures came from his workshop, including works by Chiparus that have sold for up to $1 Million at auction (Sothebys).