This set is of two parts; first, the lampshade;
This particular hand blown lampshade is a rare early 20th century find - in its combination of quality, shape and colour palette. The bursts and swirls of deeper amber within the varying shades of gold are particularly refined in the mouchete satin or 'satine' effect. If you search online, you will see later lampshades of mouchete satin displayed a coarser blend in colours. The lamp shade bears the etched Vianne signature as well as the original Vianne label.
The second part, the lamp base is a gloriously golden brass ormulu example of art deco abstract anemone and geometric design, with three arms supporting the lampshade. The arms each have a screw with which you tighten to secure the lampshade in place, I have left these deliberately loose in the photos. The lamp base is unmarked.
Together, the two pieces offer a lamp which is a wonderful representation of sunshine itself to brighten any room, whatever the season.
Lampshade: excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches, faint wear around edge of rim commensurable with age. Lamp base has small stains, again commensurable with age, however is fully functioning. Note that the plug extension is European and lightbulb is not included. Please do see photos as part of condition report.
The light is fitted with a European plug and in excellent working condition.
Lamp shade - height: c. 7.8" / 20 cm by c. 8.1" / 21 cm diameter
Lamp base - height: c. 6.3" /16.5 cm by width: c. 7.3" / 19 cm (arm to arm)
Lamp shade and base combined - height: 13.1" / 34 cm
Unpackaged weight (lampshade and base) c. 2.1 kg / 2,063 g
Lamp base and shade will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Vianne was one of the biggest glass companies in France who produced fine hand blown glassware and was the last surviving glass company in France to do so until its closure in 2005. Vianne lampshades were used widely all over the world and its likely that you can still find some of their late 20th century pieces in lighting stores today.
Brass Ormulu (from French or moulu, signifying ground or pounded gold) is an English term, used since the 18th century for the gilding technique of applying finely ground, high-carat gold–mercury amalgam to an object of bronze, and for objects finished in this way. The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold coating. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré; in English, it is known as "gilt bronze".