Pair of Persian style faience lamps by Théodore Deck

By Deck, Théodore (French, 1823-1891) | Gagneau Frères (French, founded 1839)


Crafted from pearlescent turquoise faience and ormolu, this pair of lamps by Théodore Deck demonstrates the very best of late 19th Century French Orientalist taste.


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These stunning lamps are crafted from ormolu (gilt bronze) mounted faience in a manner exemplary of late 19th Century France’s taste for Orientalism in the decorative arts.

Each lamp stands on a circular ormolu base with a waisted socle. The top of each lamp is affixed with the apparatus necessary of oil lamps, also wrought from ormolu—in this instance, the mounts feature beautiful piercing and scrolled features.

The body of each lamp, crafted from faience (tin-glazed earthenware), features a bulbous lower section and a slightly flared neck, all finished in radiant turquoise. The surface of each body is decorated with Persian style motifs, including stylised flowers, vines in leaf, and geometrical designs, all beneath the turquoise glaze. This glaze, known as ‘bleu de Deck’, was invented by the ceramicist Théodore Deck. The vases are signed ‘THD’, the monogram for Deck. The lamp fitting on each piece is also signed, in this case for the French bronzier ‘Gagneau Frères'.


Artist / Maker
By Deck, Théodore (French, 1823-1891), Gagneau Frères (French, founded 1839)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Islamic, Orientalist, Persian interest
Faience, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Blue, Gold, Turquoise


38 cm / 15 inches
16 cm / 6.3 inches


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