Two Japonisme faience oil lamps, attributed to Vieillard & Cie

Attributed to J. Vieillard & Cie (French, 1845-1895)


These exquisite Japonisme faience lamps feature textured maroon bodies which are finely decorated with colourful plum blossoms and blue butterflies.


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The lamps are of matching design. They stand on circular gilt metal bases on splayed feet, which are decorated with foliate motifs. Each lamp features an ovoid body with a short cylindrical neck, which are crafted from faience (tin-glazed earthenware). These bodies are textured and painted with pink and purple plum blossoms, green foliage, red berries and blue butterflies against a deep maroon ground. The lamps’ necks are encircled by bands which feature stylised scrolling foliage. The lamps are topped by pierced cylindrical gilt metal collars, fitted with wick-raiser handles. Each lamp features a burner which is covered by a clear glass chimney and frosted glass swirl-patterned ball shade.

These lamps are crafted in a French Japonisme (Japanese-inspired) style. They were created in the late 19th Century, most likely by Jules Vieillard & Cie, an important Bordeaux-based ceramic company. Vieillard & Cie developed from an earlier pottery factory. From 1845, the company was directed by Jules Vieillard, who worked in partnership with his two sons, Albert and Charles. The firm was only active for 50 years, so the possibility these oil lamps were created by Vieillard & Cie makes them particularly special. The lamps are stamped ‘V C’.


Artist / Maker
Attributed to J. Vieillard & Cie (French, 1845-1895)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Japanese Interest, Japonisme
Faience, Glass, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Brown, Clear, Gold, Multi-coloured


62 cm / 24.4 inches
16 cm / 6.3 inches


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