Posted 11 months ago
2nd Pixie Lamp with Millefiori Glass - " DANSEUSE DES INDES " by Ignacio Gallo 1925
This one has the ivorine face and an electroplated copper finish to it.
This is the 2nd lamp like this I have. I also noticed a couple of things on these pixie lamps that I had not noticed before. The hands are all individually attached in the casting, which means there are a number of varieties the hands can be gesturing. Also I have seen one of these on line where the face paint is gone and the face is metal. So there must be 2 types of faces, an ivorine one, and a spelter one molded when the piece is first done.
One of the lamps now in my collection is this Pixie lamp whose creator is now shown, although as most pixie lamps they are sometimes credited as Gerdago, although there is info in the Encyclopedia of Bronzes that refutes this idea. This dancer is actually by Ignacio Gallo.
The 4th picture is recreated from page 1173 of the Encyclopedia of Bronzes the brilliant work of Harold Berman. 4 Volumes completes the authors 12 year search for and visual recording of the vast number of bronze sculptures known to have been produced in the period 1800-1930. To illustrate how complete, most all the photos were by Mr. Berman.
Millefiori means "a thousand flowers" in Italian and is the name given to the type of Murano glass filled with floral designs. I recently saw a new sculpture with a Millefiori shade but the shade was new. It was quite horrible with mostly white and very little color, and also seemed lopsided !
Ignacio Gallo was born in Valladolid, Spain in the late 19th Century. He worked in Madrid and Paris in the inter-war years and specialized in statuettes of bathers, dancers, nudes and goddesses.