Design for the Base of an Oil Lamp

Unknownca. 1855

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The body of the lamp is a blue porcelain vase, with a central field depicting a young girl seated in a landscape, enclosed by a gold foliated frame. Mounted on a rocaille bronze base, flanked by handles with peacocks, surmounted by a fixture intended to hold a glass globe.

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  • Title: Design for the Base of an Oil Lamp
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1855
  • Paper Support: Cream tracing paper mounted on white laid paper
  • Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left, Vase porcelaine monture rocaille / á Lampe Carcel; lower center: No 189; lower right: hauteur 72c
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008," March 7 - July 6, 2008.
  • Dimensions: 41.4 x 27.8 cm (16 5/16 x 10 15/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson, "Emulation and Subversion: Nineteenth-Century Rococo Revivals in the Graphic Arts," in Sarah Coffin et. al, Rococo, The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 (New York: Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2008), p. 171, fig. 5.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase from Pauline Riggs Noyes Fund
  • Medium: Brush and gouache, watercolor, graphite, and pen and brown ink on cream tracing paper, lined