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These lamps have very little to do with
George and Martha Washington except for their fashion of clothing and dress.
Most of these were made of porcelain circa
1940-1950's. They were commonly hand painted with real 22-24 K gold trim. Try as
much as you like but you can never duplicate the rich luxurious gold color trim
used in these beautiful porcelain lamps unless you use real gold in the paint.
figures adorning these porcelain lamps resemble George and Martha Washington but actually represent wealthy members of the
king's court during the rule of French King Louis XV around 1765.
The original paintings on many of these lamps were from the French
artist Jean - Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). He was well known for his very
lewd and hedonistic paintings that were highly sought after by wealthy art patrons of
the morally loose Louis XV and his famous fun loving court. The decorative figures are
usually in various states of romance, picnics, dancing, poetry, singing, etc.
George and Martha Washington lamp decorations represent Fragonard's much more reserved
These lamps are no longer being produced and their values continue to rise. If you find one, you can be assured that
it is a vintage lamp and worth holding on to.
George and Martha lived from 1732- 1799 so they were alive when the
original designs were created for these beautiful lamps in France.
In 1775, the Continental Congress appointed Washington commander-in-chief of the
American revolutionary forces. He was later elected president in 1789. However
George and Martha Washington had nothing to do with these lamps except they both
had a similar fashion of dress which was also common in France during that same