Posted 9 years ago
This lamp is what in France is called “une veilleuse”, a nightlight: a small light fixture placed for comfort or convenience in dark areas or areas that may become dark at certain times. This justifies the use of orange thick pâte-de-verre as this lamp was never intended as a bedside-table light the way we use them nowadays to read in bed –or doing crossword puzzles or whatever one does in bed before definitely turning the light off and sleep… but for giving convenient or ambient lighting in a room.
The body is made in forged iron, mixing an Art Deco motive (that of the pagoda and the stylized branches) with the more realist one of the leaves. The shade is made of cameo glass andbears the Daum signature. If you google for “Veilleuse Daum” you can find some design with either a similar shade or a similar metalwork.
It stand about 30 cm tall.
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13 hours later:
I must made a correction here. I first wrote cameo glass... noooope, I was wrong. It's pâte-de-verre!!!
This lamp has a lovely story: it was bought in Rome, at a jewelery that was especilazed in Art Deco jewels, and this was part of the decoration in the shop. Carlos had been seeing it for at least ten years and had always loved it, so one day he asked for it, of course it was not for sale, but he kept on trying, not only this day but many others later. At last the couple who runned the shop agreed to selling him the lamp. They told him they had bought it many years ago in Paris "when this stuff costed almost nothing".
I am so glad Carlos insisted so much in buying it!!!