Russian Metal Artworks

Miracle lamp with watercolour shade depicting the Admiralty

    Miracle lamp with watercolour shade depicting the Admiralty

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    Second quarter of the19th century

    Bronze, paper, glass; casting, chasing, knurling, watercolour

    Height 54.3 cm, base diameter 11.0 cm

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    “Miracle” lamp of gilded bronze for two candles, with movable rectangular watercolour screen rimmed by narrow bronze frame with ornately shaped finial. Watercolour image the Admiralty in Saint Petersburg (after the lithography by T. Shukhman?). The shade narrow frame is decorated with foliage ornament; the finial is made in the shape of openwork eight-petal rosette. The shade is fixed on rectangular (tetrahedral) rod, topped with small stylized cane. The rod is mounted on vase-shaped pedestal with round base and eight feet. The pedestal is decorated with openwork frieze comprised of arches and flower rosettes. Variety of arrow-shaped arches ornaments the base.

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    Инв.3797/ДПИ