Marbro Oxblood Elephant-handled Chinese Urn Table Lamp Sangre de Boeuf Regency For Sale
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Marbro Oxblood Elephant-handled Chinese Urn Table Lamp Sangre de Boeuf Regency

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The Marbro company was founded by Morris Markoff and his brother, hence the name "Marbro" from Markoff brothers. They started the company shortly after WWII. The company was located in a 3 story brick building in the garment district of Los Angeles, just south of downtown right by the Santa Monica Freeway. During the time they ran the company, they sold almost as many antiques as they did lamps. Marbro sold their products mainly through interior designers and a few upscale furniture stores. Most of the products were built to order. A typical order from a designer or retailer took between 75 and 90 days to complete. Most of the components that made up the lamp bodies (ceramic, brass, glass, etc) were purchased from small companies and antique dealers around the world. For the most part, none of the bodies were made on site. . Italy was the source for alabaster, Japan and China for Porcelain, Brass in India and Crystal from Germany and France. Lamps would also be made from sculptures that customers brought to in to the shop. Once the lamp bodies arrived, a group of Marbro employees would make the wood bases, spin the metal caps, make the shades, and do the painting and tinting. With the help of about 20-40 other true world class artisans, metal workers, finishers and hand made shade makers, they produced lamps and shades that were truly some of last of their kind of art. Here we have an astonishing example of Marbro production. This mid to late 18th century lusciously oxblood lacquered "sang de boeuf" Chinese urn was almost certainly a custom commission by a client, the owner of the Qing urn. The exceptional quality of the urn, it's size, gentle proportions, the even application of the oxblood glaze (especially over the stunning elephant handles) are of a quality that I have not seen before in a lamp. The Marbro artisans truly did right by their client, as they allowed the exceptional form and color of the Chinese antique take center stage. The simple base follows the proportion of the body yet perfectly echoes the angle and curve of the elephant trunk handles. The lamp retains its Marbro label and the old wiring seems to be in working order. The lamp does not have its original custom shade, but I have a good idea as to what the original shade would have looked like. I'd be happy to assist the new owner of this treasure in the pursuit of the appropriate shade. Just let me know.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Very good antique condition. One small dark spot in finish formed during firing process
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 40 in. x W 9 in. x D 9 in.H 101.6 cm x W 22.86 cm x D 22.86 cm
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU4190312461783
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