Origin: French Period: Early 20thC Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1915 Heights: 19” Depth: 11” The Bases: 5” each
The well cast opposing pair of patinated spelter figural lamps, both with open wings, holding a flame glass shade, the other hand grasping a bow, one standing on a sphere with banding featuring zodiac signs with plaque reading 'L'amour Vagabond Par Bruchon', the other standing on a wheel with moulded butterfly wings with plaque reading 'L'amour Vainqueur Par Bruchon', both raised on red marble mottled bases, with circular plaques reading ‘Made in Paris France’, electrified and PAT tested, and surviving from the first quarter of twentieth century France.
The lamps are in very good condition overall. We believe the glass to be original and they remain un-meddled with as a whole. One cherub has a repair to one arm, which is hard to notice, and one of the lamp holders has one screw missing where it holds the glass shade in place. They have a well-established mid-brown patina and are supplied with new braided cords and plugs, though there is no on/off switches so they need to be turned on directly via the socket. Bronze examples of these very same lamps, albeit crafted in a more expensive material, can be found elsewhere online at a price of £3,500.
Emile Bruchon learned his work from the famous artist Mathurin Moreau and exhibited his sculptures at the famed Salon de Paris. He was considered one of the greatest French Belle Époque sculptors. He worked from 1880-1910, creating works known for their fluidity and seeming weightlessness.