Pair of French Empire Bouillotte lamps

Pair of French Empire Bouillotte lamps

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Offered by Kollenburg Antiquairs BV

A pair of Bouillotte lamps with shades of ‘tôle peinte’ (painted tin-plate). The deep fire-gilt bronze openwork dishes are decorated with palmettes and tulip motives.
On a rosette in the centre of the dish a vase-shaped stem, that is decorated with glyphs and bulges. On top a ring with three gooseneck branches with candle holders. The branches as well as the shade can be adjusted in height. The screws to tighten the branches and shade are shaped as feathered arrow shafts. The central bar is topped with a pine-cone.

In the 18th century Bouillotte was a popular cards game. The Bouillotte lamp was designed to keep sufficient light on the table without hindering the players.
As the candles burnt shorter, the shade or the candleholders could be adjusted to take the full advantage of the lamp shade. The deep dish that serves as base for the lamps could hold the chips or coins that were used to make the stakes. Once the popularity of Bouillotte had faded during the 19th century, the Bouillotte lamps kept their appreciation.

ca. 1820
Gilt bronze, tôle peinte shades
62.5 cm

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Kollenburg Antiquairs BV

Postbus 171
5688 ZK Oirschot
The Netherlands

+31 499578037
+31 655822218

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