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Mosque Lamp

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Description Joseph Phillipe Brocard was a French glass artist, restorer, dealer and collector of Islamic glass. He rediscovered the means of enameling glass used in historic examples. Alongside Emile Gallé, Brocard was the most significant French maker of this type of Mamluk inspired glass. From 1867 Brocard exhibited his works at numerous World's Fairs, and he also had a shop located in the rue Bertrand, Paris. His works were popular among American collectors, many examples entering the country through the New York dealer and collector Samuel P. Avery, with George A. Lucas as agent. William T. Walters is known to have visited Brocard's shop in 1873 with Lucas, accompanied by his children Henry and Jennie. The following year he ordered a lamp (possibly this one), and eventually several other items. An almost identical lamp can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1976.311).

Examined and cleaned.

Examined and cleaned.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, Cleaned
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned.
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
  • The Orientalists. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2015-2016.
Provenance Likely purchased by William T. Walters (through George Lucas as agent), Baltimore, 1874 or 1885 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] George Lucas' diaries, entry for 15 April 1874, "At Brocards and ordered lamp for Walters," and entry for 16 September 1885, "At Brocards and gave check for blue round vase 800 fs"
Inscriptions [Inscription] on underside of body in gilt: Brocard [?]
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1874 or 1885 (?)

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enameled glass
Accession Number
H: 5 11/16 × Diam with handles: 6 1/8 in. (14.4 × 15.5 cm); H: : 5 11/16 × Diam without handles: 5 5/8 in. (14.4 × 14.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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