I Spy Glamour

By Karen Parr-Moody

There are any number of ornate items at GasLamp and GasLamp Too – items that are painted, tufted, gilded, carved and more. From a Sèvres centerpiece adorned with cherubs to a hand-painted cabinet, to lay eyes on such pieces is to spy extraordinary beauty.

Le sigh – this gorgeous centerpiece from the legendary French porcelain manufacturer, Sèvres, leaves me breathless ($5,950 at GasLamp Too Booth T-293). This isn’t the first time I’ve spied such a high-end Sèvres piece at Booth T-293, where one can always find glamorous items. This 19th-century Sèvres porcelain centerpiece is encased in gilt bronze mounts that include darling putti figures. The floral painting is done against a ground of cobalt blue.

The piece hails from the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory that was established in 1740 in Vincennes France, before moving to the town of Sèvres in 1756. Its products were early favorites of royals and court members, as they were championed by the factory’s political patroness, Madame de Pompadour (1721 – 1764).

Waves of romance swirl around this set of four Italian giltwood side chairs at Booth T-265 (photo, left; $3,200). Made circa 1870, they were created in the Napoleon III style with tufted silk upholstery. (They remind me of pieces that could have been in Jacqueline Kennedy’s pale blue dressing room at the White House, with its tufted chaise occupying a prominent space in the center.)

If you want to bring glamour to your office, look no more: it is found in this mahogany Hepplewhite Federal Tambour desk ($695, Booth T-152). This handcrafted piece features bellflower inlays in contrasting woods, which are details lacking in virtually any furniture made today. Upon inspection, one easily finds more details of craftsmanship from days gone by – dovetailed joints and Victorian-themed ceramic and brass pulls, including porcelain insets painted with scenes of courtly love. The tapered, square legs only add to the gracefulness of this desk.

The piece in the photo, left, is a music cabinet with a marble top ($875; Booth T-275). That said, it could be used for any purpose to bring some glamour to a room. This antique French cabinet features various details of Louis XVI styling, including tapered legs, as well as the classical Greco-Roman decoration of wreaths and acanthus leaves. The medallion features a hand-painted scene of a woman playing an instrument.

If you are looking for glamour, let the search come to a close at GasLamp’s doors, because it’s where glamour is easily – and always – found.


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