In the Eye of Alain Lagrange: Rare pair of Napoleon III lanterns

A veritable little theater of the classic object where 17th century putti like to be reflected in large gilded wooden mirrors, Alain Lagrange's booth is full of fascinating pieces arousing curiosity. This week, Alain Lagrange highlights this rare pair of Napoleon III lanterns.

I present to you a pair of brass lanterns mounted on bronze sconces, forming flares. The textured glass in green and white colors follows the curve of the lantern. Originally, they operated on gas, the top opening to dissipate heat. They are now electrified for a more contemporary use.

Their provenance is quite mysterious, which makes them more fascinating. With their beautiful glasses, I want to imagine them in a Venetian palace. Their manufacture is however French, but in the taste of Holland… We can easily date them circa 1880, because they operated on gas.

These elements make these two lanterns a perfect example of the eclectic style, which characterized the decorative arts of the Second Empire. The inspirations of eclecticism are multiple, turning both to past styles and to more distant horizons, drawing from these sources ornaments and shapes that will be reinterpreted. This style flourished during the second half of the 19th century, notably thanks to the Universal Exhibitions.

When you look at the furniture catalogs from that time, you can find a wide range of styles, which all coexisted perfectly.

I bought these pieces because they are very rare. They have an obvious decorative aspect and are very demonstrative.

The client who will fall in love with these lanterns will install them in a space that will then necessarily become extraordinary ...