Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Oil Lamp for the Marriage of Two Members of the Vinci and Morrone Families from Fermo, 1770–80
h. 32 7/8 in. (83.5 cm)
Private collection, Rome
This is one of two very similar oil lamps on view in the exhibition. Both have a particular virtuoso treatment in the foot with a scalloped edge, supported by double scrolls with a shell in the middle. The arm of each lamp is adjustable, and the contoured shades were meant to be engraved with coats of arms. This particular lamp displays those of the Vinci and Morrone families from the town of Fermo, in the Marche.