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Siebe Gorman Deep Sea Diver lamp


Siebe Gorman, London: a highly unusual table lamp and smoking compendium in the form of a period deep sea diver. The figure in hand-carved fruitwood, is beautifully observed with the detailed folds of his dive suit, stands on a similarly carved wooden sôcle, depicting the sea bed with rocks, shells and seaweed with an applied silvered bronze turtle and crab, set at his feet. The polished silvered bronze helmet with four original glass reflectors illuminates from the inside, and in the diver’s hands is a polished rope which wraps around two trompe l’oeil silvered-bronze ‘woodgrain’ boxes with hinged lids – seemingly attempting to raise the sunken treasure!

The large box is intended for holding cigarettes or cigarillos, the smaller one with striker fitted to the side for matches. The style of the dive helmet and the oxygen tank leads us to believe this piece is modelled on the Siebe Gorman dive suits of the early 20th century, but the quality of the carving and workmanship is far too high for it to have been just a promotional piece.

Height: 13 inches (33 cm)

Price Code: ££££

Reference: 6305

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