A late 19th century, French, pâte-sur-pâte celadon porcelain & ormolu mounted lamp. The porcelain body decorated with a classical maiden to the front, the reverse decorated with a floral arabesque. Oil lamp converted to electricity. Regilded mounts.
Height to bayonet fitting 19” (48.5cm)
Width 6 1/2” (16.5cm)
Depth 6 1/2” (16.5cm)
Pâte-sur-pâte is a French term meaning “paste on paste”. It is a method of porcelain decoration in which a relief design is created on an unfired, unglazed body by applying successive layers of white slip (liquid clay) with a brush. The effect is somewhat similar to other types of relief decoration such as Jasperware, but as a mould is not normally used, the artist is able to achieve translucency.