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Vintage Maison Charles Sea Urchin Table Lamp
Circa 1960's, France

 

Classic organic sea life form created by Maison Charles of Paris, France.
Highly textured design, resting on a raised pedestal to create an elegant table lamp
 in brass and bronze. An excellent example of Maison Charles work. 
Part of their sea life collection where they featured shells, corals and other sea creatures.

Dimensions: 15" high with shade, 4 1/" square base.

Condition: In very good original condition. New black paper shade with gold lining.
Rewired for the USA.

Item # LADTL71: Price: $ 3,500.

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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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