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Pair of Gilt and Patinated Brass, Cut Glass Mounted Sinumbra Lamps, French, Circa 1835

Provenance

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.

Catalogue Note

Sinumbra lamps, literally lamps giving light "without shadow," became an important technological innovation in lighting during the period of the Classical Revival.  With the light source set at the center of the circular tank that held the fluid that was burned to produce light, the illumination that fell on the table surface was "without shadow."  Many forms of the table lamps and hanging lamps were produced, and the light was modulated by the use of half-dome and pyriform shades that were variously clear and frosted, and wheel cut with a wide variety of designs.

Important Americana

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New York