Pair of George IV Bronze Argand Lamps c1825

Pair of George IV Bronze Argand Lamps c1825

A rare pair of  patent  Argand lamps, the bases with heavy lion paw feet and masks of Bacchus, for burning whale or colza oil, by the leading maker of the day, Thomas Messenger. Cast signature to bases ‘Published as The Act Directs, Messenger & Sons, London & Birmingham’. New English National Trust issue ground & polished glass Argand flask shades.  Height each 53cm x width 35cm x  23cm deep.

UK origin c1825

Price inc GST $5,750 

The development of the ‘Argand’ lamp by the Swiss physicist, Aimee Argand late in the 18th century was the first improvement on lighting since Roman times. A thick low ignition oil was held in the vase shaped reservoir, descending by gravity to a circular burner and wick, with a draft chimney in the centre multiplying the power of a candle by six, the flask shaped shades by another six. Thomas Jefferson and Mathew Boulton, inventors et al, were early promotors of their light. By 1825 they were the height of fashion, by 1865 with the advent of kerosene oil, their demise was complete.