Sir Edwin Lutyens, attributed An Impressive Table Lamp in Ebonised Wood with Applied Enamel Plaques, circa 1920

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Lot 89
Sir Edwin Lutyens, attributed
An Impressive Table Lamp in Ebonised Wood with Applied Enamel Plaques, circa 1920

Sold for £ 11,760 (US$ 16,161) inc. premium
Sir Edwin Lutyens, attributed
An Impressive Table Lamp in Ebonised Wood with Applied Enamel Plaques, circa 1920
of octagonal column form, with sectioned feet, applied with three bands of enamelled metal plaques, the top and middle band depicting exotic animals and birds, the bottom band representing characters from India and China, outlined in black on royal blue ground, heightened with gilt, mounted with light fitting
70.5cm high, (panel of ebony missing)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    The lamp belonged to the vendor's uncle who was Naval Attaché to the British Embassy in Singapore in the 1940s, it has since been past down through the family by descent.

    Litertaure:

    Please see Lot 41, Phillip's sale Wednesday 4th July, 1984 and fig. 169, pg. 70 from The Fine Arts Society Exhibition ' Truth, Beauty and Design, Victorian, Edwardian and Later Decorative Art ' publ. by Fischer Fine Art Limited, London, 1986 for a pair of wall sconces attributed to Lutyens in the same design as this lamp. The Fine Arts Society catalogue illustrates a contemporary photograph of these wall sconces as well as what appears to be this very lamp in the interior of the Birmingham Guild Showrooms (re-produced here).

    Both catalogues mention that the sconces were commissioned by Lutyens for a house in Sussex which may well have been White Lodge, Roedean, the home of Lady Sackville. Due to a change of mind on the part of his client, Lutyens asked Llewellyn Roberts if they could be returned to the Birmingham Guild, Roberts agreed as at the time they were carrying out the large contract for the New Delhi Gates on behalf of Lutyens. These wall sconces hung in the company's office in Bruton Street, on its closure they were taken to Dorsington Manor, the Roberts home.
Sir Edwin Lutyens, attributed An Impressive Table Lamp in Ebonised Wood with Applied Enamel Plaques, circa 1920
Sir Edwin Lutyens, attributed An Impressive Table Lamp in Ebonised Wood with Applied Enamel Plaques, circa 1920
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