In good used condition
A fine French Blacksmith Lamp casted from an original Victor Rousseau sculpture.
Born 15 December 1865
Died 17 March 1954
Active : 1914 - 1931
Country of birth and death : Belgium
French blacksmith lamp, raised stepped wooden base, figure of village blacksmith at forge with anvil and tools.
Metal label in front: La Veillee Du Forgeron par Rousseau.
Marked: (round foundry mark) Fabrication Francaise Paris.
Size: 18''H, 9 1/2''W, 7''deep.
Condition: No losses, age appropriate wear to finish, needs to be rewired, coals glowed red when plugged in but overhead lamp sparked and stopped working, looks to be original wiring.
Red light to the coal box; light to overhead fixture. Great musculature to the blacksmith. A most appealing lamp, looks like bronze but is spelter.
A rarely found lamp- in quite a remarkable state of preservation.
Fabrication Francaise, Paris
This spelter lamp version was produced by “Fabrication Francaise, Paris”. The circular foundry mark bares this name at the top, an image a crucible set on flames in the center, with the “Made in France” ringing the bottom of the circle. The “Made in France” in English on the foundry mark is due to the U.S. trade law of 1891 that required all imports to be marked to indicate the country of origin.“Fabrication Francaise, Paris”, (the earliest known mention of the company name is 1892) was a production company that manufactured many sculptures “after” the artist produced bronze sculptures. Many were modified to include lamps or clocks but most of their castings were reproductions of the original sculptures sans the functional elements. These reproductions were rarely cast in bronze but cast in spelter metal or what is commonly called white metal or pot metal, sometimes with fabricated pieces in bronze and brass, and were painted to replicate the acid patinas of a bronze casting. The castings in less expensive spelter metal were most likely produced for the home décor and export markets between 1892 to as late as 1915. When this company ceased to exist is not known, but many European governments, leading up to World War I, absorbed private metal work manufactures for war production. NOTE: Missing very small chain from hand to bellows, easily replaceable.
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