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Pixies11 of 13Gerdago Pixie LampPixie Lamp with Millefiori Glass - DANSEUSE DES INDES by I. Gallo
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Posted 8 months ago

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Inherited these from my great grandparents and have enjoyed looking at them for their grace and elegance over the last 20 years. There is something very magical about these Pixie girls. I love the soft lines and the contrast with the pointed hat and, of course, those divine faces.
The body is a painted (to look bronze) metal and they sit on a black marble platform. Overall about 5 inches tall and 5 plus inches long. Some paint chipped to reveal a base metal but overall in GREAT condition. Faces are painted to mimic flesh tones. Each one weighs well over 3 pounds.

Not signed, that I can see, but I have seen this style called French Art Deco and the design attributed to Geradago with reference to a foundry or maker called Hirsch?

The wispy, waiflike, elfen Pixie girl, whose hand is up near her face to shield her from the light of the globe/orb, just seems so mystical to me. Perhaps that is a crystal ball, metaphorically.

I have NEVER been able to find out if the globe/ball was original or some kind of improvised replacement for something else--but they seem so appropriate in size and image. I have seen Pixie Girl lamps with globe glass that illuminates so I like to think this is all from back in the day.

If you know anything else about this marvelous pair, please tell us.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 8 months ago
    I have a number of these items. I do not think that the globes are original but would have to see them. Actually when I do look at the hand of the girl holding the globes, there is a difference to the ones holding a book, so likey these are original to the piece. They usually came w/book. I have quite a few of them on my page here on CW, you can go there to see different versions with the lamps also.
    They were modeled by Henri Fugere shown on p. 1174 of the Ency. of Bronzes 1830-1930. They were produced from some of the original 1930 molds by the Hirsch Foundry in New York starting in the 1940's. They started using the metal bases such as you have in the 1970's to 1980's. The ones with marble base are very beautiful, the electric lamps they produced usually came with an alabaster base and those were done sometime in 60's to later 1970's. They are magical, they are very beautiful, I am crazy about the ones I own also. Phil.
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/PhilDavidAlexanderMorris

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/83289-more-pictures-of-green-pixie-bookends-b

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  2. PixieDust, 8 months ago
    Thank you for your keen insights. Some things just DEFINE HAPPY. The platforms on these are marble (and heavy as heck) and not chipped or anything. Again, appreciate your knowledge and kindred spirit.
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 months ago
    They are gorgeous...
  4. inky inky, 8 months ago
    Beautiful things!...:-)

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