Presented is an exquisite pair of French porcelain lamps made by Sevres between 1870-1910. The porcelain is glazed a beautiful, bold cobalt blue and with lovely, gilded flourishes all over. Each lamp has a fantastic, hand painted genre scene on either side. One lamp has a beautiful landscape painting of a lovely tree over a placid lake with small cottage on the other side and a painting of a young man gently tickling the nose of a sleeping girl with a straw of hay. The other lamp has a landscape with a similar tree overlooking a body of water that has a forest on the other side and a painting of a young man with his arms around a girl, holding a small flute up to her lips as if he is teaching her how to play. The paintings on these lamps are so fine, that you can hardly see any brush strokes. The photographs do not fully show quality of these paintings. Everything is hand done on both pieces. T are no transfers etc.
The bases are made of metal and were probably added around the 1950s.
Underneath the base, the bottoms of the lamps are marked Sevres. The bases need to be removed to see the marks.
T are numerous chips at the bottom of each lamp, caused by an old pull-string with a heavy ball end knocking into the lamps; the string has been removed and the chips can certainly be touched up, especially by professional restoration. The lamps are in excellent overall condition. T is a minor scratch or abrasion on three of the four oval painted panels. T are no other chips, no cracks, no breaks, no splits, no repairs and no other problems of any kind.
Each lamp measures 33 inches tall. The porcelain portion alone is 19 1/2 inches tall.
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