This charming hand painted faience lamp is from the town of Desvres in northern France. Created by the pottery founded in 1903 by Jules Verlingue, the terracotta clay was covered in a milky white tin glaze, the classic characteristic of antique faience, and hand painted with red and blue flowers striped with navy blue. The hand scripted marks in black on the bottom are: V J (with a crossed arrow device between the letters), FRANCE and the number 201, possibly denoting the artist or the form number. This faience piece was produced circa 1910.
The lamp is wired with a cream colored cord that's 3 1/2 feet long and a two-prong cream colored plug. It has a push-through black switch on the socket (made by Leviton in the USA), which is connected to the base with a molded bronze disk. All of these parts are in good condition and in working order. The lamp takes a bulb with a 1 1/4 inch diameter base, a typical size (not a candle bulb). We tested it with a 60 watt one, which worked fine.
This petite lamp stands 10 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bulb socket, has a 3 1/2 inch diameter base and weighs about 1 1/4 pounds. There are chips, as so often happens with faience. There are two chips on the bottom rim underneath the base and one on the outside of the bottom rim, which fortunately can be turned away from view. The brass finish on the bulb socket is worn; this appears to be all the extent of the wear, which we've shown in our photographs. The shade is not included. We've shown it for display only, since it is so small it is balancing on the light socket without a bulb.
This French pottery lamp looks pretty on a shelf, table or sideboard, especially when grouped with other faience pieces such as those from Rouen and Quimper. Interestingly, Jules Verlingue took over the Manufacture Quimperoise de La Hubaudière (HB Quimper) from 1917 to 1942, showing the affinity the pottery of northern France and Brittany share.
FYI: The vintage lamps we sell are all in working order when we ship them to you, but we do recommend that you have them checked out for long-term use by a licensed electrician, since we are not electrical experts.