A Baccarat opaline glass lamp, vase formed with floral decoration
French, 19th Century
Lamp: height 74cm, diameter 19cm
Shade: height 27cm, diameter 47cm
Height 44.5cm (excluding lamp fitting)
Originally by Baccarat, this delightful piece is an opaline glass lamp, retrofitted from a vase, mounted with a pleated shade and painted with floral decoration inspired by the Rococo style. Large floral bursts, deftly painted with a light, expressive touch, feature on the front and reverse, with smaller blossoms interspersed around the vase’s body. The base and a ring around the neck are gilt and the vase is fitted with brass to form a lamp with twin-bulb fixtures.
Baccarat was a French glassmaking firm of international repute, reaching a zenith during the nineteenth century. The use of their wares and the conversion of them into other pieces, such as lamps, is not a uncommon practice, given how highly prized their glass was and has remained.