George IV Argand Lamp c 1830

George IV Argand Lamp c 1830

A rare whale oil / colza oil burning Argand lamp in bronze UK c 1830.
The font decorated with fauns, the base with paw feet & river Gods. Original gilding, bronze patina, oil regulator, lustres & 19th century Argand shade. Newly rewired.
56cm H x 34cm w x 22cm d
Price inc GST $2,850

The Argand burner, developed in 1780 by Swiss physicist Aime Argand multiplied the power of a candle by 10x with a circular wick, drawing air from a central open tube, & flask shaped shade, fed by gravity from an oil font above. It was the first improvement on lighting lux since Roman times. Tasmania was the capital of the South Sea whale fishery until 1844

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