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This very elegant petroleum lamp consists of a bronze base, a green onyx column and a luminous green globe ornamented with gold designs. It is not only decorative as it has been electrified.
Invented by the Polish pharmacist Ignacy Lukasiewicz in 1853, the petroleum lamp is a lighting system consisting of a tank containing petroleum that rises to the top of the burner thanks to a wick. The whole is topped by a glass chimney.
Late 19th century
Style: Napoleon III
Nephew of Napoleon I, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was elected President of the Second Republic in 1848 before becoming Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 following a coup d'etat.
Napoleon III style is one of the most interesting even if nothing is really novel with elements borrowed from preceding styles. Based on the taste of the period, Japanese, Chinese and Oriental art brings a richness, abundance and eclecticism specific to this period.
Height: 59 cm
Diameter: 15 cm
Base: 10 cm X 10 cm