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    Sale 5366

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    23 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 94

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV BRONZE COLZA-OIL LAMPS

    SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER & SONS

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    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV BRONZE COLZA-OIL LAMPS
    SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS MESSENGER & SONS
    Each in the form of an antique Rhyton, the single branches issuing from a boar's head, on rectangular stop-fluted and leaf capped rectangular bases, the frosted glass flared shades later
    12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide (2)


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    The boar-headed 'rhyton' horn lamp derives from a celebrated antiquity illustrated in G.B. Piranesi's, Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi..., 1778. The stamp of Thomas Messenger and Sons of Birmingham is recorded on a pair of closely related lamps in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and a rhyton also features on the firm's trade-card of the 1830s (C. Gilbert and A Wells-Cole, The Fashionable Fire Place, 1660-1840, Temple Newsam House, Leeds, 1985, pp.145 and 140 fig. 95).

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