Unknown Artist, ‘ALABASTER FLOOR LAMP’, ca. 1890,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘ALABASTER FLOOR LAMP’, ca. 1890,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘ALABASTER FLOOR LAMP’, ca. 1890,  M.S. Rau Antiques

Carved entirely from creamy alabaster, this magnificent floor lamp emits a warm, translucent glow. Crafted towards the end of the 19th-century, the lamp shows hints of the new Art Nouveau style that is beginning to emerge in the decorative arts, including lovely foliate-inspired carvings along the shaft and a graceful, fluid design. Extraordinary carvings of winged angels surmount the shade, and classical maidens with flowing robes and lyres rest at the base.

The natural beauty and supple translucence of alabaster lends itself well to the Art Nouveau style, which dominated the decorative arts from 1890-1910. Taking inspiration from the graceful, unruly forms of the natural world, Art Nouveau works boast fluid lines, elaborate decorations and whimsical motifs. This enchanting, ethereal lamp embodies these hallmarks of Art Nouveau style in a design that is both elegant and dramatic.

Likely Italian, Circa 1890

75 1/2” high

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