An Unusual Early 20thC French Naturalistic Cast Bronze & Brass Lamp as a Queen of the Night Cactus


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Object Description

The good quality patinated bronze and brass table or floor lamp modelled as a large flowered Queen of the Night (Selenicereus grandifloras) cactus, having three brass spined arms flowering to the bulb apertures, on a naturalistic heavy bronze base, surviving from the second quarter of twentieth century France.

Object History

From the estate of the late Nellie Lenson-Smith (1928-2017).

Object Literature

This type of cactus flowers in late spring or early summer and only blooms one night a year for several years and withers within hours – very apt for a light fitting. We cannot find another example like this having been sold. The lamps size means it could be used floor-standing as opposed to table-top.

Truly the queen of the night, coming alive when all is dark.

Object Condition

The condition of the lamp is good with some small losses to the tips with a good patination to the whole. It is in full working order with a cable switch on/off button. We have re-wired it and given it a proper earth with PAT testing. The Edison filament globe bulbs can be provided if required.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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