After being in our family for the last 35 years we have always been intrigued by the mystery that surrounds these beautiful wall lamps.
They were in a house my parents purchased at the time and the previous owner had been an antiques dealer in the 60s.
The only conclusion we have been able to come to is that they most likely have come from a theatre somewhere within Australia.
Most likely one of our lost theatres that has been demolished or maybe one that has been redecorated?
They are the most beautiful but yet unique lamps. Previously gas lamps and then converted at some stage to electric.
There are four characters of what appears to be Italian Commedia dell'Arte style. One who looks very similar to Pulcinella. For this reason I have guessed that they have had an association with pantomimes.
After tireless research I have not yet been able to solve the mystery of where these beautiful lamps were once home to. They are still very beautiful but no doubt back in their original day would have been quite striking.
Whoever has created them has done such wonders and the multi skill put towards them is and should be appreciated.
They have been sculptured from carved wood, some in segments and then plaster has been used prior to them being hand painted. The detail is quite amazing considering their age.
I am kindly seeking any information in regards to any knowledge of these wall lamps as I feel they are so deserving of the credit to where they once were or the artist or artists that have created them possibly within Australian Theatre history.