Pair of Patinated Regency bronze colza-oil Lamps in the form of a dolphin-headed rhyton
Pair of Patinated Regency bronze colza-oil Lamps in the form of a dolphin-headed rhyton
Pair of Patinated Regency bronze colza-oil Lamps in the form of a dolphin-headed rhyton
Pair of Patinated Regency bronze colza-oil Lamps in the form of a dolphin-headed rhyton

Pair of Patinated Regency bronze colza-oil Lamps in the form of a dolphin-headed rhyton

c. 1820 to c. 1830 England

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Attributed to Thomas Messenger & Sons, Birmingham, England.

The detachable reservoir with leaf-cast decoration centred with a berried finial within a gadrooned border, over a tapered, reeded and fluted font to a dolphin-head support with bulrushes and, an applied acanthus loop handle, the circular spreading base of seashells and aquatic fauna; the dolphin’s mouth issuing the argand-device, a drip reservoir and a platform supporting the etched glass tulip-shades. These table lamps are designed in 'antique' Grecian bronze fashion and suggest the deity Venus which is here represented by a spouting dolphin on plinth bases similar to an engraving by Piranesi in his Vasi of 1778
Thomas Messenger and Sons, of whom the chasing of this pair of lamps is particularly characteristic, were primarily lighting manufacturers with a metal foundry in Birmingham, opening a branch in London in 1826. The firm commenced as manufacturers of metal furniture mounts, and traded from 1826-27 as 'Manufacturers of Chandeliers, Tripods and Lamps, of every description in bronze and ormolu' (E. Moncrieff, 'Argand Lamps', Antique Collector, February 1990, p. 47).
Dimensions
Height 24.00 cm (9.45 inches)
Width 32.00 cm (12.60 inches)
Depth 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Stock Code
SN35019
Signed/Inscribed
Marked #10 & #11
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