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Maison Jansen Sunflower Pair of Lamps - 1970's

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Maison Jansen, model 'Tournesol', by Christiane Charles, France, 1970s. Quite rare to find these as a set; great condition. French manufacturer Maison Charles is one of the oldest family-owned French lighting companies that are still in operation. The company is known for its early reproductions of antique lighting and, later, for its fanciful bronze and gilt lamps inspired by nature. Maison Charles (sometimes referred to as Maison Charles et fils) was founded in 1908 by the Frenchman Ernest Charles, who bought the Ullmann bronze works. Initially, the company reproduced antique lighting in bronze, and soon became known for its quality work with the material, earning a reputation within the professional bronze art community. Charles’ eldest son, Emile Albert, took over of the company in 1920 (when it was often referred to as Maison Charles et Fils, or Maison Charles & Son), and was joined by his brother Pierre in 1932. During the 1930s, the company was known as Charles Frères. During the late-1950s, Maison Charles was joined by Ernest Charles’ grandsons—Jean and Jacques. Jean studied interior design and wood sculpture at the École Boulle in Paris, and Jacques obtained a professional qualification in applied arts and interior design. In 1960, Maison Charles moved to a new location in the Marais neighborhood in Paris. It was here that Chrystiane Charles (1927-2013), Jean’s wife and eminent bronze artist and sculptor, created the Charles Collection, the most iconic Maison Charles pieces. Taking inspiration from nature and classicist styles, the Charles Collection (1960) became the brand’s signature style, creating real competition for the renowned French lighting company Maison Jansen. Chrystiane’s most acclaimed designs are the Ananas (pineapple), Epi Mais (ear of corn) Pomme de Pin (pine cone) Lotus, and Vase Médicis lamps.
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W 32 cm, D 17 cm, H 73 cm
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