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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 506

    A PAIR OF REGENCY-STYLE ORMOLU AND SLATE LAMP BASES

    20TH CENTURY, AFTER BENJAMIN VULLIAMY, ATTRIBUTED TO RUPERT HOBBS

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    A PAIR OF REGENCY-STYLE ORMOLU AND SLATE LAMP BASES
    20TH CENTURY, AFTER BENJAMIN VULLIAMY, ATTRIBUTED TO RUPERT HOBBS
    Each with turned column with three lion's masks holding chains, with upspringing acanthus issuing two levels of foliate drip-pans, on a turned base and square plinth, fitted for electricity, with shades
    24½ in. (62 cm.) high, excluding shades (2)


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    The design for these lamps is after Benjamin Vulliamy (d. 1821), 'furniture man' and clock-maker to George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, circa 1800. Their ormolu calix of palm-wrapped Roman acanthus derives from the 'Barberini' Roman tripod-candelabrum that the architect Charles Heathcote Tatham illustrated in his Etchings representing the best examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture, 1799.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Rupert Hobbs, London.