Maison Charles style table lamps, bronze & onyx


  • £490.00 for the pair
  • €581 Euro
  • $674 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Maison Charles style table lamps, bronze & onyx

Pair of Maison Charles style table lamps, bronze with onyx plinths, 1940`s ca, French.

This pair of table lamps have been gently cleaned while respecting the vintage patina. They are newly rewired & earthed, PAT tested by an electrician and ready to use. Each has a new porcelain/brass lamp holder, gold tone silk cable, new black cord switch & a new black plug. These lamps can be used with a dimmer. It is possible to use these lights in other countries with a light bulb suitable to local electricity.

These vintage table lamps were probably made by French Company Maison Charles. They are in keeping with Maison Charles’ quality and detail. They have several distinctive design features: the combination of Regency & Neoclassical styles, elegant proportions, luxury materials, quality casting & heavy weight.

These lamps have a slender form which is well suited for the bedside or corridor. With the luxurious materials & sculptural presence, these lamps would suit a range of interiors such as Antique, Traditional, Hollywood Regency, Post Modern, Industrial or Contemporary.

The design consist of a octagonal column in polished bronze. Each of the eight sides is scalloped which softens the design. This column leads to a narrower section terminating with a flat plate on which the lampholder sits. This is inside a polished brass lampholder cover.

Looking towards the bottom the column wideness to a bulbous form. This creates interesting reflections. At the very bottom the plinth in bronze supports an onyx square portion of swirling cream & brown tones.

Both lamps are finished with a new clip-on black silk lampshade. This is lined metallic gold to complement the gilt bronze tones on the lamp.

Underneath each lamp base is padded with new black felt to protect the furniture below.

Each lamp carries 1 standard small screw light bulb (E14) up to 40 Watts. At present they are fitted & photographed with Candle Clear shaped light bulbs of 25 Watts. These are included in the price.

These vintage lamps are in very good condition. The onyx surfaces are in very good condition with no chips or cracks; there is some patina & tiny marks in line with age. The bronze surfaces have the original clear lacquer present, with a nice warm antique patina & tiny marks in line with age , adding character.

Packing is offered free of charge. We take special professional care while packing. For safe transport the bases & lampshades would be wrapped separately in bubble wrap, foam and an outer layer of card. Together these parts would easily fit into a box with loose fill packing nuts, safe for posting with a courier.

Additional Dimensions:

The total Height with the shade on is: 40.5 cm.

The base alone (without the lampshade) has the following dimensions: Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 9.7 cm & Depth: 9.7 cm.

The lampshade alone has the following dimensions: Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter at the bottom: 14 cm, Diameter at the top: 7 cm.

Maison Charles Lighting was founded in 1908 by Ernest Charles and is still in operation today. Read more on our Roomscape Blog about Maison Charles Luminaires:

The use of onyx in furnishings is particularly interesting & romantic. Ancient Indian and Persian refer to onyx as a protector from evil. The Indian gemologists describe onyx as a protector for harmonious relationships. Apparently the close union and yet strong contrast between the layers of black and white are symbolizing for the love between two people.


  • H: 40.5cm (15.94in)
  • W: 14cm (5.51in)
  • D: 14cm (5.51in)


1940's ca, French

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Sergio Guazzelli worked as an Architect and Interior Designer in Argentina. In 1990, he moved to Rome, where he developed and diversified his talents. The 'Eternal City' ignited his interest in antiques, leading to a Diploma in Antiques & Fine Arts. As architecture embraced art; antiques found a place in his designs.

In 1993, Sergio opened his first antiques showroom in Rome, with a second seasonal shop in Ponza, an island close to Capri. The island spirit, with her international clients, influenced his eclectic style. Following features in several magazines, Sergio established his own art & antiques publication. As a part of this, Sergio regularly visited and reported on leading European Auction Houses. It was London's art & antique scene, which drew Sergio.

In 1999, Sergio opened with his partner, Blair Thorburn, their London shop, Roomscape Vintage Furniture, in the historic Horse Hospital at The Stables Market in Camden Town. It was here that they became one of the first to propose vintage Scandinavian style to the London market. Moving forward at the beginning of the Millennium, Roomscape proposed further styles such as Hollywood Regency & Modernist glam.

Roomscape’s adventurous approach brought them to the attention of decorators including a collaboration of the launch of Liberty’s Fourth-Floor Furniture Department in 2006. Decorators not only appreciated the style but also the quality of pieces. With a wide range of contacts and 25 years of experience, Sergio & Blair source stock from abroad as well as trade fairs, private clients and auctions houses. Roomscape searches for pieces in good condition and gentle restoration is done to bring the piece to the best original vintage condition. Each piece is researched with historical detail fully presented on the website.

In 2009, Roomscape moved from a ‘traditional’ shop to a larger showroom with a stronger online presence reaching global destinations. The ‘By Appointment’ Showroom allows customers, both the trade and the public, to have the full 75m² space all to themselves for as long as they want and have a coffee with the boys. Moving from a shop has allowed a more attention to buying and sourcing abroad. It has certainly helped that Sergio is fluent in five languages.

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