Sevres Charles Fiquenet Turquoise Faience Ormolu Lamp


A highly attractive Charles Fiquenet table lamp, made by Sevres at the beginning of the 20th Century.

The table lamp consists of a faience vase, glazed in turquoise enamel and finished with ormolu fittings. It appears to take its inspiration from the archaistic bronzes that were revived during the Ming Dynasty. Before being glazed, the faience has been carved profusely with geometric patterns. The gilded base is mimicking the heavy wooden stands so often used for displaying Chinese works.

French interest in the Chinese art would rise during the latter part of the 19th Century when several large crates carrying works of art looted from the Old Summer Palace were presented to Napoleon III after the Opium War of 1860.

Aside from some minor flaws to the glaze around the handles, the lamp is in very good condition. Beneath the ormolu fittings, the vase bears the incised mark CH Ficquenet Sevres.

Size: 49.5 x 23 x 15.5cm
Weight: 4113g