Lucerne retour d’egypte
Rare Italian library lamp in silver, patinated bronze and polychrome marble in the shape of a pharaoh. The base is made of white statuary marble and village stone.
The lamp was equipped with a lampshade, now empty and is still complete with accessories such as a knife and candle snuffer hanging from chains applied to the rod. From the top of the head, from a flower-shaped element, the fan starts and at the neck of the sculpture, there is the silver oil cup. The execution of the whole is exquisite.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the neoclassical taste led to the production of figurative oil lamps, in which the containers of whale oil, are supported by a human figure, mainly with pharaohs’ clothes, in vogue after Napoleon’s campaign , according to the RETOUR d ‘EGYPTE fashion.
Rome, around 1810
Height 57cm Base 16 x 12 cm