French Empire Bouillotte Lamp, ca 1810
- Price on request
- ca 1810
- gitl bronze, tôle-peinte
- 48.00 cm / 19 in
- 28.00 cm / 11 in
- 22.00 cm / 9 in
A fire-gilt Bouillotte lamp with one light and a red painted tin-plate shade of the Empire period.
The lamp is shaped as a table sconce with an ornamented ring on the top for easy lifting. Both the candleholder as well as the lamp shade can be adjusted in height. The fire-gilt bronze base is shaped as an openwork bowl with a rosette in the middle.
Bouillotte lamps are named after the popular French cards game that shows a similarity to open-card stud poker. The game was very popular from the end of the 18th and early 19th century. The adjustable shade prevents the players of hindrance by the flame. The bowl-shape of the foot was used to store the chips or coins that served as stake.