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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 124

    A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN LACQUERED-BRASS TABLE LAMPS

    IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER, CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN LACQUERED-BRASS TABLE LAMPS
    IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER, CIRCA 1840
    Each with square stem and base cast with cherubim and foliage, previously with oil fittings and now adapted to electricity
    23½ in. (60 cm.) high (2)


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    Thomas Messenger and Sons, of whom the chasing of this pair of lamps is particularly characteristic, were primarily lighting manufacturers with a metal foundry in Birmingham, opening a branch in London in 1826 (C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 1998, p. 606, cat. no. 733). An identical pair of lamps by Thomas Messenger are in The White Drawing Room, Arlington Court, North Devon. (Maureen Dillon, Artifical Sunshine; A Social History of Domestic Lighting, National Trust, 2002, p. 105.)

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