20th Century French Opaline Lamp with Greek Key Pattern
A 20th Century Greek Key Opaline in white lamp. The lamp it self if beautiful with the gold pattern of interlocking right-angles know a the Greek Key. The Greek key is a motif representing the river Meander, a river with many twists. Many objects and temples in Greece were decorated with this motif. Meander was the most important symbol in ancient Greek symbolizing infinity, love, devotion, and friendship.
As for as what opaline glass is: Opaline glass is also a decorative style of glass made in France from 1800 to the 1890s, though it reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon III in the 1850s and 1860s. The glass is opaque or slightly translucent, as in this case it is white. The glass has a high lead content which defined it as "demi-crystal" or semi-crystal. The primary influences on this style of glass were 16th century Venetian milk glass, and English white glass produced in 18th century Bristol. All opaline glass is hand-blown and has a rough or polished pontil on the bottom. There are no seams and no machine engraving. Many pieces of opaline glass are decorated with gilding. Some with handpainted flowers or birds. Several have bronze ormolu mounts, rims, hinges or holders. Real opaline glass was produced only in France. In the 20th century Italy produced a similar glass and called it opaline veritable.Most all opaline glass is not branded or signed.
This piece from base to the top of the finial is about 32 inches. The base of the lamp is a nice quality of decorative brass. It looks like the cord might be original, but that is hard to tell. It has the old plug on it and it works just fine. If you take the shade off the lamp, the lamp itself would measure 13 inches. Just a perfect size for any small table. The lamp shade it self is black with a white interior. The shade is 14 inches across, 11 1/2 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches on the top of the shade.
WIDTH: 7 in | HEIGHT: 32 in | DEPTH: 7 in
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CONDITION: light scuff on tips of lamp shade, lamp itself is in excellent condition