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Maison Charles Vintage Ostrich Egg Table Lamps, Pair
Circa 1950's, France

 

Classic Maison Charles Ostrich Egg design in Polished Nickel over solid brass, 
with a chic Black Ebony ceramic Ostrich egg. 
Elegant solid square pedestal base with a palm leaf base to cushion the Ostrich egg.

Dimensions: 26" high with shade, 17" diameter shade. Base 5" square.

Condition: Excellent restored condition, fresh nickel plated finish, rewired for the USA (Jan 2010)
New black paper flared lampshades.

LADTL70: Price: $ 3,900 for the pair

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Bio: Maison Charles was founded by Ernest Charles in 1908. He developed an excellent reputation for creating high quality, elegant reproduction lighting in antique styles. In 1923,  Ernest’s son, Emile takes over La Maison Charles.

In 1959, Emile’s two sons, Jean and Jacques joined the family business.
 Together, they create the foundation for Charles’ defining style and expertise, most notably expressed by their worldwide famous bronze lamp designs that feature organic designs that are offered by Decodame.con, such as the Pineapple, Corn Stalk, Pine Cone, Lotus, Wheat with Vase Médicis, etc...

In 1965 Jacques creates the Inox Collection. The Organic lamps were particularly successful and become one the aesthetic references of this period. In 1971, Chrystiane Charles, Jean Charles’ wife, and Valedictorian in Sculpting at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts), takes over the family business and creates her own series, the Chrystiane Charles Collection.
In 1978, 1981, and 1984  La Maison Charles receives the  Lampe D’Or  award for Design (the highest honor in the lighting industry) at the International Lighting Trade Show. In 1982 Laurent Charles, architect, joins the family company and designs his own collection, largely inspired by his research in the geometrical and graphical characteristics of light. In 1984 La Maison Charles is invited to join the Colbert Committee, an association of the most reputable French Art and Design companies, thus confirming Charles’ enduring reputation as one of the finest bronze lighting companies. In 1992 Jean Charles receives a special award at the International Lighting Trade Show for the modern vision expressed by his 'STOCKHOLM' lamp, designed 40 years previously. In 2001 : Michael Wagner takes over as the CEO of the company and continues the collection using many of the vintage designs of Maison Charles' past.

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