French Opaline Globe Gas Lamps

  • This pair of French oil lamps have opaline shades in the form of world globes
  • The cartography of the globes is incredibly detailed, showing countries, oceans and other landmarks
  • Circa 1860
  • Globes: 7” diameter x 33 1/2” high
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Item No. 29-2819

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Astonishing translucent globes glow as lampshades in this rare and remarkable pair of French opaline gas lamps. The intricately crafted glass globes are simply radiant atop bases of beautifully crafted patinated and ormolu bronze in these opulent lights, offering detailed models of the world’s countries, oceans and their landmarks. A handsome addition to any décor, these lamps exhibit the delicacy and charm of opaline glass.

Circa 1890

Globes: 7” diameter
33 1/2” high

Produced only in France from 1800 to the 1890s, authentic opaline glass was inspired by the Venetial milk glass of the 16th century. Opaline glass was crafted entirely by hand, including the painted decoration as seen in these fascinating and precise globe shades. To find a pair of items in such beautiful condition is truly outstanding.

References:
The Complete Color Encyclopedia of Antiques, 1975, E. P. Dutton
Oil Lamps II: Glass Kerosene Lamps, 1983, Catherine M. V. Thuro
These French oil lamps are topped by opaline globe shades
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Lamps
Diameter: 7 Inches
Height: 33.5 Inches
Style: Victorian

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