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"Swordsman and Running Panther," High Style Art Deco Lamp Base, Copper & Silver



An extraordinary example of French dinanderie, or mixed metal artisanry, this Art Deco copper and silver lamp base depicts a bounding swordsman and running panther, the male figure in a dance pose as if taken from a production of the great Ballets Russes. Although the piece is not signed, it is clearly by a master of the art form such as Louis Mergier. The male figure and panther are framed by bold, high style clusters of Art Deco plant forms and geometric figures, all expressed in silver inlaid into the copper ground. Everything has a lovely patina, some of it applied when the piece was made, some acquired over time. The lamp base includes a silver-toned bottom, the post, bulb sockets and finial. (Dimensions are for the base itself; the full height including post and final is 27.5".).


  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Diameter: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865125631392

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  • Shipping
    US$20Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0,arrives in 5-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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