French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

Elegant French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

Historical Context and Design

This exquisite French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp embodies the understated elegance characteristic of post-war European design. The lamp’s base, a gracefully shaped ceramic vase, features a refined white glaze punctuated by biscuit areas adorned with stylized leaf motifs. This design approach reflects the mid-20th-century trend towards integrating organic forms and natural elements into everyday objects, capturing a sense of tranquility and simplicity.

The lamp’s origins can be traced back to the post-World War II era, a period marked by significant artistic experimentation and a return to artisanal craftsmanship. The leaf motifs evoke a sense of nature and harmony, popular themes in mid-century decorative arts, which often sought to merge functionality with aesthetic pleasure. The white glaze, a hallmark of mid-century modern ceramics, highlights the era’s preference for clean lines and minimalist color palettes, enhancing the lamp’s versatility and timeless appeal.

Craftsmanship and Materials

The craftsmanship of this lamp is evident in the meticulous application of the white glaze and the biscuit detailing. The glaze, applied to perfection, ensures a smooth and even finish, while the biscuit areas provide a tactile contrast and visual interest. The leaf motifs are meticulously carved, showcasing the artisan’s skill and attention to detail. The base’s form, with its gentle curves and balanced proportions, is both elegant and sturdy, ensuring stability while adding a sculptural element to the piece.

The ceramic material, known for its durability and ability to retain color, ensures that this lamp will remain a cherished piece for years to come. The interplay between the glazed and unglazed sections not only adds depth to the design but also demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of texture and form, hallmarks of mid-century craftsmanship.

Practical Considerations

Standing at a height of 32 cm with a diameter of 21 cm, this lamp is perfectly proportioned for a variety of interior settings, from bedside tables to living room consoles. While the shade is not included, the lamp’s neutral colour palette allows for easy pairing with a wide range of lampshade styles and colors, enabling personalized customization.

The French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp is fitted with contemporary wiring, ensuring it meets modern electrical standards. Upon purchase, the wiring can be adjusted to suit the specifications of your country, guaranteeing both safety and functionality. This attention to practical details ensures that the lamp is not only a beautiful object but also a functional addition to any home.

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French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

Stock Number: 24711

This French Mid-Century Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp features a ceramic vase base with a white glaze and biscuit leaf motifs. Standing 32 cm high with a 21 cm diameter, its elegant design reflects post-war European artistry. The lamp is rewired to meet modern electrical standards and can be adjusted for your country upon purchase. Shade not included.
  • Height: 32 cm (12.60 inches)
  • Diameter: 21 cm (8.27 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 32 cm (12.60 inches)
  • Diameter: 21 cm (8.27 inches)


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