This rare pair of lamps have been made with Chinese cloisonne enameled vases, and bronze mounted around 1880 in France. The finesse of the cloisonne enamel offer a rich decoration around the body of each lamp. Various scenes with animals are occuring in spaces delimited by stylized foliage. The lamp on the right side is decorated with pheasants and on the second lamp with cranes. On the reverse of each lamp, bouquets of various flowers, butterflies and birds are depicted. The colors used are extremely varied and vivid on a blue background.
The decoration in gilded bronze is attributed to Ferdinand Barbedienne, a famous parisian bronzier. The bases of each lamp are formed by four finely chiseled elephants heads, resting on their trunks.
The lamps are sold with their original globes ornamented with gilded dragon decoration (Baccarat). P>
These lamps reflect the chinese vogue that occured in the late 19th century. Asian elements, especially chinese, were reuse in European furniture and works of art. Thoses objects were made for the sumptuous interiors. P>