A pair of bottle shaped lamp bases with a crakled grey-beige glaze in the Chinese Guan style, circa 1870, heavy ormolu gilt Louis XVI style mounts, Napoléon III period. At the base on a pewter circle is engraved : Gagneau, 115 rue Lafayette, Paris.
The G. Gagneau company was created in 1800 and first made itself known by the production of oil lamps of the Carcel type developed in 1819. Based on rue d'Enghien, it will then be established at 115 rue Lafayette in Paris, which is one of the main axes of the Haussmanian expansion. The company Gagneau won several medals at the Universal Exhibitions (London in 1851, Paris in 1855). At the end of the 19th century and until 1908 when it was entrusted with all the lighting of the French Embassy in Vienna, the Gagneau company is one of the greatest references in the production of all types of lighting equipment, in particular lamps with high quality bronzes like this pair of vases inspired by the Chinese Guan wares.