French 19th Century Bouillotte Lamp with Tôle Shade
Dimensions: 25-1/2″H x 13-3/4″W x 9-1/4″D
A French 19th century, silverplated, two-light bouillotte lamp. Bouillotte is a card game, similar to poker, that was wildly popular in France during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was so popular that the French developed furniture that is best suited to play the game. The bouillotte lamp is one of these pieces. The lamp predates electricity, therefore the lamps burned candles. As games would last into the night, the candles would burn down, letting the flickering flames get in players’ eyes. The lamp’s metal shade is adjustable, enabling the tole shade to be raised or lowered to shield players’ eye from the glaring light. The lamps are almost always set in dished bases to not only catch dripping wax, but also for keeping chips. This lamp is classically styled with fluted details and a hand-painted, ivory tole shade. Cleaned and wired for US, circa 1870.