Posted 6 months ago
This is my 3rd pixie lamp with millefiori shade, in a bright greenish yellow.
Firstly look at the 3rd photo to see what I mention here...
Every time I see these lamps, and with all things that I collect, I search for something new that I never knew or noticed before. For a while now I have been studying the "dagger" or spade Jester motif on the leggings. On this piece you can see it best on the third photo. On some of the older ones you can see it on both sides of the legs, front and back. The motif on both sides of the legs can be seen on some of the older ones I noticed. Some of the older ones have round marble bases. The paint is in exceptional condition here along with the condition of the face.
This one I had trouble buying a while back and finally was able to talk to the seller and arrange a sale, since there were no bids to be made from Canada. I can not see an item on ebay if they put that they do not ship to Canada. So someone alerted me of it, sent me an ebay number to enter in, although it would not even let me talk to the seller but found a way around that. Damn ebay and their rules, sucks huge.
This is the 3rd lamp like this that I have. I also noticed a couple of things on these pixie lamps that I just noticed a few weeks 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. The shade on this piece is probably my favourite at this moment. I have 5 of these globes right now on sculptural pieces. I recently saw a new sculpture with a Millefiori shade but the shade was new. It was quite bad with mostly white and very little color, and also seemed lopsided. I notice the newer ones which I dislike maninly, have the smallest flowers and more gaps of clear frosted between the flowers ! I try to stay clear of them.
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.