Lighting

Antique lighting can range from simple terracotta roman oil lamps or a pewter candlesticks to elaborate and impressive chandeliers.

In between come a whole range of different lighting forms depending on country of origin or their specific function. They encompass enamelled glass mosque lamps from Middle Eastern countries; European giltwood or ormolu wall brackets; figural torchères that hold lamps or the coloured glass creations from the likes of Daum and Gallé in Northern France to Tiffany’s distinctive American designs.

With the arrival of electricity, lighting gradually became more functional and simplified. Today lights by inter- or post-war Scandinavian or ‘50s and ‘60s Italian designers have acquired the status of design classics.


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Rectory sale rolls out wealth of English furniture

09 January 2023

Among a wealth of English furniture consigned from a Wiltshire country house the outstanding items were a George I japanned bureau-cabinet and a pair of George III carved giltwood girandoles.

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Socialite’s bedroom opened up

19 December 2022

Pieces that had decorated Paris home of a famous patron of the arts come to Fontainebleau auction

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Plea for art and antiques trade to help save London’s historic gas lamps

30 November 2022

The London Gasketeers, a group trying to preserve London’s historic gas lamps, has called on the art and antiques trade to help list at-risk examples.

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Antiques dealers’ campaign to save Westminster’s gas lamps continues as a third of lanterns remain at risk

24 November 2022

The London Gasketeers, a group trying to preserve central London’s Victorian gas lamps, welcomed a step by Westminster City Council to retain 174 of the lamps but concerns remain for the 94 still earmarked for conversion to LED.

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Antique dealers’ campaign to save Westminster’s gas lamps attracts wider support ahead of council’s consultation

12 October 2022

A campaign to save the Victorian gas lamps in Westminster has gained support from The Victorian Society, its president actor Griff Rhys Jones and the GMB Union.

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PAD prepares for a joyful London return

03 October 2022

PAD London returns for its 14th staging at Berkeley Square, London, coinciding as usual with Frieze Week.

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

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Still a demand for coal after all

06 June 2022

Simple white Wiener Werkstätte boxes epitomise fine design offered at trio of sales

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Treasures escape the Red Army

09 May 2022

German castle’s works of art hidden away in the war come to light in Munich saleroom

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Sculptor on the crest of a wave

09 May 2022

The Austrian sculptor Gustav Gurschner, who was particularly productive at the beginning of the 20th century, designed many functional objects such as door knockers, doorknobs and ashtrays, encapsulating the style of Viennese Jugendstil.

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First light of neoclassicism

02 May 2022

This 13in (33cm) ormolu vase candelabrum is a candidate for the earliest English neoclassical metalwork.

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ATG letter: True maker of a handsome lamp revealed

25 April 2022

Like your reporter, for many years I also believed the lamp featured in ATG No 2538 (A Trio of Arts & Crafts designers in focus) was by Arthur Stansfeld Dixon, director, and chief designer of The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft.

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Let there be light and music – two sales from well-known dealers come to auction this week

19 April 2022

Items from Pimlico Road dealer Christopher Butterworth and LAPADA dealer Tony Bingham are coming to auction in London and Essex.

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A trio of Arts & Crafts designers in focus

11 April 2022

While the market for post-war wares by Thompson’s of Kilburn – particularly the animal and figure carvings – has grown substantially in recent years, the ‘prime period’ for Mouseman collecting remains the 1920s-30s.

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Victorian lamps get clean away

04 April 2022

A large collection of Victorian oil lamps was sold by Fellows (23% buyer’s premium) as part of a timed online auction ending on March 15.

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The web shop window: 19th century hall lantern

07 March 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Plea for help to track down stolen props from The Crown TV series

22 February 2022

The antiques trade is being asked to look out for a group of props stolen from the team behind Netflix’s The Crown that were taken from a lorry.

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Historic gas lamps win temporary reprieve after campaign led by antiques dealers

27 January 2022

Two antiques dealers and their supporters campaigning for Westminster Council to stop removing historic gas lamps have won a temporary reprieve.

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Dec fair left unexpectedly leading the field

10 January 2022

The Decorative Fair becomes first major event to be held in 2022 after others are postponed.

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The web shop window: Maison Jansen floor lamp

15 November 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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