Philippe-Joseph Brocard began life as a restorer of glass, which gave him the capability of understanding in minute detail the techniques used. His first Works of Art in enamelled glass were presented at the Paris exhibition of 1867 and created quite a stir. Even then his most important pieces were enamelled glass mosque lamps. He continued to exhibit at international exhibitions and it is very probable that the present lamp was made to be shown at the Exposition universelle in Paris in 1878, a year after its manufacture.
He was the first to revive this technique of large glass vessels with enamelled surface decoration copying Mamluk originals. Its popularity meant that the was copied in Paris by others including Giboin, Imberton, and subsequently, Gallé and Daum, who developed the style into something compeltely different. A very similar lamp is in the Musée Adrien Dubouché at Limoges (Alain Gruber (ed.), L'art décoratif en Europe, Paris, 1994, p.222).