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Past Exhibition

Oil Lamp

Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Oil Lamp, 1770–80
Silver
h. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Collection Marina Kellen French
Michael Bodycomb

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.