French Art Deco
Champlevé Table Lamp
Enamel on Copper & Green Onyx on Marble Base
This elegant French Art Deco (circa 1930) table lamp combines the simplicity and brevity of lines of the rectangular onyx & marble base with the complexity and sophistication of the pattern done in the famous French technique, Champlevé covering with the multi-color enamel pattern the four copper plates mounted in onyx around the perimeter of the base.
Height: 24 inches Base Height: 9 3/8inches Base width: 5 1/8 inches Base depth: 5inches
Champlevé is an enameling technique in the decorative arts, or an object made by that process, in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel fuses, and when cooled the surface of the object is polished. The uncared portions of the original surface remain visible as a frame for the enamel designs; typically they are gilded in medieval work. The name comes from the French for "raised field", "field" meaning background, though the technique in practice lowers the area to be enameled rather than raising the rest of the surface. The technique has been used since ancient times, though it is no longer among the most commonly used enameling techniques. Champlevé is suited to the covering of relatively large areas, and to figurative images, although it was first prominently used in Celtic art for geometric designs. In Romanesque art its potential was fully used, decorating caskets, plaques and vessels. Champlevé is distinguished from the technique of cloisonné enamel in which the troughs are created by soldering flat metal strips to the surface of the object. The difference between the techniques is analogous to the woodworking techniques of intarsia and marquetry. It differs from the basse-taille technique, which succeeded it in the highest quality Gothic work, in that the bottoms of the recesses for the enamel are rough, and so only opaque enamel colors are used. In basse-taille the recesses are modeled, and translucent enamels are used, for more subtle effects, as in the 14th century Parisian Royal Gold Cup.
German Art Deco
- French Bulldog -
Porcelain Nightstand Lamp
Height: 6- 3/4 Inch
This is a rare German Art Deco Cubist Hand Painted Porcelain Nightstand Lamp in form of French Bulldog with gilt details, dating from the 1920's Germany. The dog's eyes and tips of the ears are hand-painted black. Though unmarked, it is most likely produced by Sitzendorf.