George and Martha Washington Lamps

George and Martha Washington LampGeorge and Martha Washington Lamp George and Martha lamps
Risqué painting by Jean - Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).
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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.

The decorative 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 painting themes.

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.

The Americans 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 time period.