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French Tole Bouillotte Lamp
Late 19th century/early 20th century double arm brass bouillotte table lamp with adjustable gilt-painted dark green tole shade.
The lamp features a deep-dish tray with a central shaft fitted with two swan-neck shaped arms. The height of the tole shade adjusts with a screw key in the shape of arrow feathers.
The bouillotte lamp was created in the 18th century to illuminate players during the game of bouillotte, a gambling card game of the same name, that was the precursor to poker. A small elegant lamp with the base consisting of a dish-shaped tray, to hold game tokens, supported a central shaft fitted with two or three candle brackets, and a metal shade. The height of the shade adjusted by means of a screw key which was lowered as the candles burned down to protect the player's eyes from the glare.
In excellent condition the lamp has a lovely aged patina
Dimensions are 22"H X 13"W
The bouillotte lamp is still a very popular lighting choice in home décor.
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