(A) Here's something truly unique!  Whereas most Art Deco-era nude or scantily clad ladies are busy prancing or stretching, this one's, well, withdrawn and possibly even self-conscious or embarrassed.  What a switch!  It's significant and refreshing that one artist chose to express the other side of the "happy dancer" cliché.

There's a combination of metals here -- solid brass and spelter, or "white metal."  Have no fears, this won't disintegrate like some of its American lady-lamp cousins; the French made spelter with a different formula and it lasts, and lasts... 

Behind the lady and on the reverse side are frosted glass inserts.  I've installed an American candelabra socket, and to change the bulb you extract the pin from the bottom right-hand corner of the back.  At that point the brass "top" will spring up and give you access to the socket.  Slick!  20s or 30s high tech! 7 x 3 x 5 (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


(C) Certainly as much Art Nouveau-styled as Art Deco-styled, this pair of lamps would, nonetheless, be eminently suitable for your Ruhlmann or Dominique rosewood desk -- unless you want to keep it "pure" and install them on your Majorelle desk. They stand a little more than a foot high, and the plate under the base is configured in such a way as to make it possible to use them as wall lamps, if you can stand it!!! They're made of solid brass and the chrome plating, which looks to be original, is nearly mint! With their elegant pressed glass shades, as the French call them!



(K) Here's a small wrought iron lamp which succeeds, design-wise, splendidly! Which is more compelling, the three faceted balls or the graceful arc of the shade-holder? Recently redone in brushed nickel, then patinated to avoid that "Born Yesterday" look! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


(L) ... is for LIMOGES, n'est-ce pas? And what's not to love about France's centuries-old premier porcelain maker?  The folks at Limoges clearly hired the finest designers and artists of the time, their product being at the top of the ladder of "things elegant and sophisticated."  This nightlight will bring that and more to your boudoir...

Rewired and fitted with an American candelabra socket.  A hi-lo switch has been installed on the wire for versatility. Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 8 (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


(V) Offering a lovely French table lamp from the 20s or 30s at the latest; it's about 13 1/2 inches tall.  The base is made of solid brass (the French say, "Ah, c'est bronze") with its original nickel finish, which is spotty, the brass showing through here and there -- all adding to the charm in my humble opinion (who wants her antiques looking "born yesterday"?).  The shade of course is alabaster, substantial, too -- about 1/2 inch thick.  The veining is pretty much contained to the angle that you see, the rest of the shade is basically white. And how do you like that finial, original to the lamp?!  It's a beauty, as is so often the case with the details of anything the French undertook during that magic time.  The cloth-covered cord is gray, as is the in-line switch, and there's an American (antique, of course, from around 1910) plug at the end.  You'll have to limit your wattage in this lamp to, say, 15 or at the most 25 watts, as alabaster HATES heat (it discolors and sometimes "burns"). But you surely won't be perching this lamp next to your Scrabble board, will you?  It belongs in the bedroom, where it can be used as a night light, or at for those "special moments" when a very dim light is all that's necessary...

Looks like Mark's the new, delighted owner! SOLD!!



(X) This is probably the finest alabaster table lamp I've had, complete with three carved birds frolicking in their "fountain." Perhaps they're basking in the light... Ahem. Anyway, it's about 15 inches tall and 10 across, in fine condition, and with a warmth of color which approaches the sensual... (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)



(Y) Can you see the flamingo standing in the lake amidst the palm fronds? Don't worry, I can't either, in this moody photo. Oh, well, you'll just have to believe me when I tell you "you're gonna love it!" It stands about 11 inches tall and hosts a gorgeous French opalescent shade suggesting rippling water. The deep brass/bronze finish is original and in excellent condition. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)



(Z) This small pair of table lamps would be comfortable on a sideboard, a vanity, a mantle -- anywhere you want to display some real beauty in your home! The stepped bases are nickel-plated brass (it's the original nickel finish), pyramiding in the best of Art Deco tradition. The slightly organic nature of the shades provides an interesting countpoint to the geometry of the bases... These lamps are seven inches tall, about 5 1/4 wide. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)


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