FRENCH ART DECO CERAMIC LAMP BASE

by Jean Besnard (1889-1956) for Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
France, circa 1923


12 3/8" high; 12 1/4" diameter
14 3/4" high to top of electrical components
24 1/4" high to top of shade
20" diameter of shade

This important lamp base is spherical on a heel and with a short cylindrical neck with white craqueleur enamel.
With original French electrical components, but rewired to American standard.

Incised J B underneath.

Jean Besnard was the son of painter Albert Besnard and sculptor Charlotte Dubray. He first studied folk pottery in Savoy and specialized in folk-inspired vessels with distinct glazes. In 1927 and 1928, he developed a white "crispe" grainy glaze (also called a lace glaze) for which he is well known. He also produced wares with boldly molded or incised decoration with thick glazes.

Literature:
Florence Camard, "Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco", Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1984 , p. 297.

$60,000 - Inv. #1022