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    Sale 12037

    Interiors

    8 June 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 240

    A PAIR OF FRENCH GILT-METAL MOUNTED PATE-SUR-PATE CELADON PORCELAIN TABLE LAMPS

    BY GAGNEAU, PARIS, 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH GILT-METAL MOUNTED PATE-SUR-PATE CELADON PORCELAIN TABLE LAMPS
    BY GAGNEAU, PARIS, 19TH CENTURY
    Retaining the original clockwork oil delivery mechanism, stamped '39068' and '39069', fitments stamped 'GAGNEAU 115 R.LAFAYETTE' and 'GAGNEAU', adapted for electricity
    15 ½ in. (39.5 cm.) high, excluding fitments


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    An oil delivery mechanism for lamps was patented in 1800 by the clock maker Bertrand Guillaume Carcel (1750-1812) to overcome the problems of the thick oil in use. A pump driven by a clockwork mechanism delivered a steady oil supply for up to ten hours.