19th Century "Orientalist" Gasolier Lantern with Stained Glass Panels
This fixture is very much in the Moorish taste, orientalism, a romantic view of the Levant, was expressed in paintings furniture and in this case lighting. Often such a lamp was used in a library / smoking room or in a hall. The minaret-shaped cover and lobed shaped base are brass, profusely pierced with arabesques. The original curved stained glass panels are flanked by stylized brass columns. When lit, the combination of shadows from the pierced body and colored light from the glass give a magical atmospheric effect. It was originally a gas-fixture, circa 1880.
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