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Lamps1252 of 3998Schumann:  Pair of Candle HoldersDouble Wall Sconce
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Posted 1 year ago


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This lamp was purchased by my mother-in-law in the early 1960's thru a dealer in New Year. It is 39 inches high with the filial. May be an iron cast. Would love to know if there is any available info on it--or where I may find some.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    I have posted some info on these in the past. Most of them are painted a creamy white with some variations of brown. This one appears to be one of these versions that came out in the 1950's reproduced as lamps mainly. I used to do the show circuit of antiques every year, dealing, and at the time mainly collected bronzes and some spelter castings of statues. This one is a spelter. Sometimes they were produced in pairs, but this one stands alone just fine. They usually had a large lampshade also, rather ugly by todays standards, but usually thrown away. This one appears to be one of the better castings that I have seen done during that time, possibly originally by August Moreau, or in his manner.

    It is possibly from the Collection Francaise moulds. The dicovery of the priceless moulds of the Collection Francaise is a fascinating story of hidden art treasure. It spanned the period between two world wars and 4 generations of the Hirsch Foundry. Francaise moulds are permanent and can be used again and again. To be faithful to the sculptor's artistry and achieve life-like detail, the moulds can sometimes be made in many sections which are re-assembled after each casting. During ww2 in order to protect the moulds from pillage, hundreds of moulds comprising thousands of these intricate sections were burried in the cellars of the original French foundries. After the war, the search which resembled an archaeological expedition, went on year after year. Gradually these invaluable moulds were unearthed by members of the Hirsch family who had special knowledge ot their whereabouts. Thousands of moulds were shipped from Paris to the Hirsch foundry in New York over a period of 15 years. It required 10 months to assemble some 1800 sections for the 120 moulds that made the first 12 complete subjects. Over 100 additional subjects were made in the years that followed, continuing past the 1970's.

    The casts from the original moulds are known as "exemplaires" - not reproductions.

    To know the whole story behind the lamp I would have to examine as sometimes pictures cannot tell me what to think. Additional front on photos and photos that you load from a computer instead of a phone can help greatly. Pictures are also of a small size so blowing them up is not good at all for seeing detail.
  2. Reneelynn, 1 year ago
    Thank you so much for your response and information. I actually do have 2 of these. You will notice I attached the id medallion photo. I can certainly take better photos. Is there anything in particular that would be helpful with identification.
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    You could send these to me -- my email is posted on my page. That way I can enlarge the pics and see them right side up. The best photos are the faces to mid waist, maybe pics of the hands and feet, to see detail mainly. close ups of base and close ups of the figure.
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Also do not reduce the pixel range on camera == these pics have been reduced.

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