French mercury gold bronze figural candelabra lamp the elaborate gold bronze shaft depicting a twisted grape vine infant Dionysus, Greek god of wine (Roman name Bacchus), supported on a shell motif gilt bronze tripod base with c-scrolled feet. This lamp was originally a candelabra converted to electricity. Exquisitely cast 22-karet mercury gold bronze body with a deep, warm and glowing patina. Mercury gold bronze is rare and is recognized for its finest quality and extraordinary vibrant color. Fire-gilding is an ancient process of gold mercury amalgam exposed to high heat.
Rococo design dominated interiors and furniture during Louis XV’s reign in the 18th century; sensuous organic curves and elaborate ornamentation with an aura of luxury and elegance, while being intimate and comfortable at the same time. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, a patron of the arts and was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. This glamorous design has an exuberant style and adds contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period:Late 19th Century
Dimensions: (36"H x 10"D)
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: Consistent with age and use.