Posted 4 years ago
I purchased a set of two beautiful lamps yesterday afternoon and have had some fun learning more about the artists, hoping to learn more. The owner mentioned she had purchased these lamps in France 20+ years ago.
The art glass as shown in Photo 2 is signed "La Verre Francais" followed by the Lorraine cross. Each lamp shade sits atop a lamp base of a male and female ("king and queen" each standing atop a serpent or fish). I have not been able to find a good reference for the origin of the figures used as the lamp base, but did come across a single google image of the same statues in 6ft bronze candelabras versions with very limited detail - no title, artist, origin (Photo 4). Each lamp base is etched very cleanly with "moureau" and "AVB", which I'm not finding a good reference for. While misspelled, it looks like it may be more meant to be a a means to identify the original inspiration of the lamp bases perhaps than forgery (if possibly Auguste Moreau?)? But I'm not entirely sure (see Photo 3).
I'm excited to learn about my new lamps, and especially understand if they are authentic pieces, and if these were the original uses of he lampshades or modified at some time to make the set? I haven't found any good examples of the lampshades of this style and with this type of figurine use use as a base. I'm eager to understand and appreciate the beautiful pieces I have. Any information from seasoned collectors would be appreciated, as these are my first!
Thank you in advance! - Bailey