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Lamps & Lighting

Electricity is so taken for granted now, it’s easy to forget that it didn’t start appearing in homes until towards the end of the 1800’s, the breakthrough coming with the invention of the incandescent light bulb at around that time. Even then, it was just the very wealthy who could consider switching from gas and candles and only then by installing their own dedicated electricity generator - the national grid was still a long way off. In the early 1900’s more and more electricity producing companies were formed and use spread slowly down to the reasonably well off. From around 1926 however, ordinary homes started to be connected and domestic use gradually increased through the 30’s. Manufacturers who were quick to spot the commercial possibilities from the start employed Art Nouveau artists and designers who came up with many and varied wonderful styles of table lamp, standard lamp and ceiling and wall fixtures to enhance further the use of this new and convenient source of power. With the march of time into the Art Deco period, many more exciting, original and stylish lamps and light fittings burst on to the scene. Even in the modern home of today, a carefully chosen and placed lamp from these bygone times can look quite stunning. We offer a wide selection which we hope you will enjoy considering. Although we are happy that everything here is in working order, please note that all items offered should be thoroughly checked by a competent professional electrician before use, to ensure that they meet current safety requirements.

French Fer Forge Table Lamp with Lagny Shade

Late Art Nouveau or early Art Deco era French table lamp made of wrought iron with a three cornered base rising in an Eiffel Tower shape and housing between each section flowers and leaves of…

Art Deco Egyptian Lady Lamp

Patinated bronze table lamp depicting a jewelled Egyptian woman wearing just a long skirt and sandals. She is holding above her head what appears to be a long rectangular lidded casket with Egyptian hieroglyphics written…

Alabaster Nude

Hand carved white alabaster figure of a smiling nude young woman reclining languidly at the water’s edge. She’s a pretty young thing, very 1920’s, and looks completely relaxed as the waves break around her. The…

Little Girl, Big Snowball

Delightful little table lamp by the Paris based Italian sculptor Aristide de Ranieri (1865-1929). Made of spelter and depicting a smiling young girl rolling along a large snowball.  She is wrapped up against the cold…

Flamingos Lamp by Le Verrier

Art Deco patinated metal table lamp designed as four stylised flamingos, each facing in a different direction. Signed M Le Verrier on the stem between two of the birds, and mounted on a square, slightly…

French Art Deco Marquetry Lamp

This is a craftsman made wooden ‘mushroom’ table lamp with marquetry and inlay work of a very high standard. The lamp base is in two sections, both with four sides. The lower part is pyramid…

French Wrought Iron Table Lamp

Wrought iron table lamp from France with a ginko inspired leafy design on all four sides of the square framed base.  Four cross-ribbed uprights rise from the base, curving outwards and then inwards again, decorated…

Edgar Brandt Cobra Lamp

Classic Art Deco gilt-bronze table lamp by Edgar Brandt circa 1925. The beautifully detailed cobra is depicted rising up out of its basket, its neck coiled around the alabaster shade, and looking so menacing with…

Egyptian Revival Table Lamp

Extremely rare bronze table lamp with a strong Egyptian theme, originally sculpted by the French artist Paul-Lucien Bessin. Dating from around 1905-10, this fascinating lamp depicts a young siren holding up a shaped frame from…

Alabaster Snake Charmer

Rare and visually quite stunning carved alabaster lamp depicting a  young semi-nude snake charmer with a cobra writhing at her feet. Wearing just an open skirt and an ornate turban, she is seated on a…

Modernist Table Lamp from Charles Ranc

Art Deco bronze table lamp from Charles Ranc with a strong modernist design and form. Dating from around 1925, this is a strikingly eyecatching lamp from a renowned maker.  Very nicely cast, with a floral…

Bronze Portrait Lamp

Bronze table lamp from France with a small oval area inset in the base housing a portrait of a lady painted in oils.  The painting is unsigned but is inscribed verso. Dating from  the late…

Marlene Dietrich Lamp

Dark bronzed spelter "Odeon" style lamp from the USA, purportedly depicting the screen goddess of the era Marlene Dietrich. She was at her artistic peak throughout the Art Deco age, starring in many films and…

French Art Deco Wrought-Iron Table Lamp

Unusual wrought-iron table lamp, unsigned but very much in the manner of Edgar Brandt. Made around 1920 in France, with the metal fashioned into a very individual openwork design and shape. The pate de verre…

“Diana The Huntress” Perfume Lamp

Rarely seen ‘Brule Parfum’ or perfume lamp made by Argilor of Paris in the 1920’s. A cleverly stylised porcelain figure of Diana standing behind two deer who are bending forward to drink water.  She is…

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French “Fer Forge” Table Lamp

Rather striking French table lamp fashioned from wrought iron around 1920. Many of these "Fer Forge" lamps were made in the early Art Deco era and in a great variety of designs.  This one however…

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