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A pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Ormolu lamps, signed Gagneau Paris

List: $14,800.00

A stunning and wonderfully detailed pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Ormolu lamps, signed Gagneau Paris. Each lamp is raised by a circular pedestal with a beaded edge. Above the pedestal is the socle decorated with swaging foliate... — Read More

  • Item # 13888
  • H: 36 in L: 7.75 in D: 7.75 in

    H: 91 cm L: 20 cm D: 20 cm

  • Shade Diameter: 21 in
  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ormolu
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Gagneau, Paris Read More
  • Established in Paris in 1800, Gagneau gained renown for enhancing the Carcel oil lamp, showcased at the 1819 National Industry Products Exhibition. The firm, based at 115 rue Lafayette in the 19th century, specialized in high-quality lighting materials, earning Premier Medals in 1851 and 1855. Notable as a bronzer and lighting manufacturer, Gagneau served on the jury for the Artistic Bronzes Class in 1889 and supplied lighting for the French Embassy in Vienna in 1908.
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A pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Ormolu lamps, signed Gagneau Paris