Enrique Molins-Balleste, Art Deco lamp, France circa 1925,
the young woman leaning back holding aloft a crackle finish glass
globe, the spelter decorated with gold and enamel paint, mounted on
a shaped marble base.
There are three versions of this lamp on the market at the moment
- there is this, the original French version which is signed
Balleste on the foot and has a decorated skirt waistband. Then
there is the 1930s German copy which is not signed and has a
"smooth" waistband. Finally there is a 1980s "metal powder and
resin" version that is signed on the foot and is always a pewter
coloured "metal" body with a gold coloured skirt - that one is now
being sold as an original metal lamp from the 1920s/30s and is
obviously to be avoided.
Enrique Molins-Balleste Born in Barcelona and worked
out of Paris. Famous for his theatrical and genre groups and
figurative lighting, his sculptures can be found in spelter, bronze
and bronze / ivory.