1950s Empire Style Swan Wall Lamp
Materials: Gilded brass or bronze. White/opaque glass. White Bakelite socket.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: 9 cm / 3.54”
Lampshade: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Depth: 6 cm / 2.36”
Swan Width: 6,6 cm / 2.59”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Empire Style, Neoclassical revival.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: In all probability also made as a chandelier in several variations.
These lamps are often attributed to French companies. But they were of course made at multiple locations. This wall lamp is from Italy. It was acquired there some years ago on a flea market in Florence.
The Empire style is an early-nineteenth-century design movement, representing the second phase of Neoclassicism. From France it spread into much of Europe and the United States. The style originated of the Emperor Napoleon I in the First French Empire. The style corresponds with the Biedermeier style in the German and Dutch-speaking countries, the Regency style in the UK and the Federal style in the US. The previous style in France had been the Louis XVI style.