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Vintage Lighting & Antique Light Fittings

As any interior designer knows light is one of the most important variables in any room. From the soft glow of a candle held in a simple brass candlestick, to a pair of carefully positioned wall lights, or a grand statement chandelier dangling from the ceiling, your choice of lighting really matters. Although there are many modern lights out there to choose from, Antique and vintage lamps offer unique designs you won’t find on the High Street as well as appealing age-worn finishes and colours. Indeed, with old lighting it is all about being bold and letting your instincts guide you to the best creative designs of the past. Often vintage desk lamps are mini sculptures themselves, so give them plenty of physical space in the room to let them shine (quite literally!)    


While old electrical lighting can be the perfect solution to any space, due to deteriorating parts it is important to either buy from reputable dealers or get them professionally checked and rewired yourself. That is one reason why buying from our specialist Dealers is so beneficial (as unless otherwise stated) they do this hard work for you. Also rewiring rarely harms the overall value of an antique or vintage lamp, and usually enhances it instead.


At LoveAntiques we have an impressive selection of genuine antique and vintage lighting for all your needs.

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£ 150

€178
$182

Victorian Frilled Glass Shade

£ 150

€178
$182

Mercia Interiors

£ 225

€267
$273

Early 19th Century Brass Table Lamp

£ 225

€267
$273

Mercia Interiors

£ 975

€1,158
$1,181

Italian Large Single Polychrome Wall Light

£ 975

€1158
$1181

O Keeffe Antiques

£ 1,250

€1,485
$1,515

A Exceptional Pair of Georgian Candlesticks

£ 1,250

€1485
$1515

Antique & Modern Living

£ 395

€469
$479

Brass and Steel Articulated Desk Table Lamp

£ 395

€469
$479

Mercia Interiors

£ 225

€267
$273

Pair French Brass Church Candlesticks

£ 225

€267
$273

Mercia Interiors

£ 295

€351
$357

Lovely Pair French Ormolu Candlesticks

£ 295

€351
$357

Mercia Interiors

£ 895

€1,063
$1,085

English Gilded Bronze Antique Wall Lights

£ 895

€1063
$1085

O Keeffe Antiques

£ 695

€826
$842

French Silver Plated 8 Light Chandelier

£ 695

€826
$842

O Keeffe Antiques

£ 395

€469
$479

Superb Pair of Antique Double Wall Lights

£ 395

€469
$479

Sturmans Antiques Ltd

£ 365

€434
$442

1960's Vintage Brass Desk Lamp

£ 365

€434
$442

Marylebone Antiques

£ 795

€945
$963

French Pair of Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

£ 795

€945
$963

O Keeffe Antiques

£ 1,750

€2,079
$2,121

1960's Vintage French Brass Arc Floor Lamp

£ 1,750

€2079
$2121

Marylebone Antiques

£ 1,150

€1,366
$1,394

1970's Pair of Vintage Brass Floor Lamps

£ 1,150

€1366
$1394

Marylebone Antiques

£ 695

€826
$842

1960's Vintage French Brass Table Lamp

£ 695

€826
$842

Marylebone Antiques

£ 725

€861
$879

1960's Danish Teak Floor Lamp

£ 725

€861
$879

Marylebone Antiques

£ 595

€707
$721

Large Casa Pupo Ceramic Table Lamp

£ 595

€707
$721

Elmgarden

£ 395

€469
$479

1960's Vintage Teak & Brass Rocket Table Lamp

£ 395

€469
$479

Marylebone Antiques

£ 225

€267
$273

1960's Vintage Terence Conran Maclamp Desk Lamp

£ 225

€267
$273

Marylebone Antiques

£ 85

€101
$103

Selection of 18th Century Candlesticks

£ 85

€101
$103

Stalham Antique Gallery

£ 475

€564
$576

Quality Onyx & Brass Standard Lamp

£ 475

€564
$576

Mabel Rose Interiors

£ 450

€535
$545

1970's Vintage Brass French Table Lamp

£ 450

€535
$545

Marylebone Antiques

£ 695

€826
$842

Brass Rise & Fall Electric Lamp

£ 695

€826
$842

Sunnyside Antiques

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Pair of French Table Lamps

£ 495

€588
$600

Pair of French Table Lamps

£ 495

€588
$600

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

£ 595

€707
$721

Large Pair of Porcelain Table Lamps

£ 595

€707
$721

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

£ 375

€446
$454

Mid Century Gilt Toleware Wheat Sheaf Flush Light

£ 375

€446
$454

Beau French Boutique

£ 595

€707
$721

Large Gilt Toleware Chandelier with Murano Droplets

£ 595

€707
$721

Beau French Boutique

£ 375

€446
$454

1970's Vintage Brushed Steel Floor Lamp

£ 375

€446
$454

Marylebone Antiques

Mabel Rose Interiors

Edwardian Brass Standard Lamp

Reserved

Edwardian Brass Standard Lamp

Reserved

Mabel Rose Interiors

Vintage Lighting & Antique Light Fittings FAQs


How to date antique brass candlesticks?

Antique candlesticks are a universally loved item and date back thousands of years. However because they are all quite similar and look the same shiny colour when cleaned, it is not always easy to know how old they are. The overall form of brass candlestick has varied quite a bit over time from wider domed bases and larger drip trays to slender neoclassical varieties with push-up sockets and square bases. However, since it is relatively easy to copy older designs (and plenty of people have) it is important to look at the condition and construction also. Up to the end of the 18th Century most candlesticks were hammered or cast but by the 19th century were being stamped or spun in sections. These older examples tend to use thicker brass and will be held together with hand cut screw threads and hand cut squared nuts. Since these items were used on a daily basis then you would also expect a good degree of wear and knocks as well.


Is antique lighting valuable?

As a highly practical accessory antique and vintage lighting can be quite valuable mostly ranging up to a few thousand UK Pounds. There are of course two reasons people purchase lights, one of which is for their aesthetic appeal, but the other is because some of the finest industrial designers of the past 100 years also chose to design lamps. These lamps can be fun and modern or clever and timeless but because they also remain highly practical they should prove to be good longer term investments.   


Do old lamps need to be rewired?

As usable items old electric lamps are naturally far more valuable when they work. Whether the lamp is ultimately PAT tested with the old wiring or rewired does not affect the overall value of the lamp, but for piece-of-mind having the item rewired is always preferable. The reason is because these old lamps internally bear wires and holders which will have aged over time sometimes more substantially than is visually noticeable. The older rubber and threads covering the wires will have dried and cracked and the fixings in the holders may have come loose. Many were also made at a time of lower voltages and without an Earth. This is one reason why it is worth purchasing such items from a specialist as on LoveAntiques who will ensure your cool looking lamp is safe to use for decades to come.


How to choose an antique lamp?

It is best to view antique and vintage lamps as mini-illuminated sculptures and they were created with the piece fully illuminated in mind. As such it is good not to cram the lamp into a small area but to give it space as you would a sculpture. Even if your room is quite conservative you can be brave when adding a lamp with bold shapes or strong colours. The trick is to keep a balance so if the body of the lamp is quite plain then you can afford to go crazy with the lamp shade, and if the lamp body is bold then pare back the shade. When out buying also consider the amount and direction of the light you want to add to your spot. Wall lights will add spots of light to the walls, uplighters will add to the overall warmth and ambience but are not great for reading, and goose neck desk lamps will add a barrage of focussed light to a very small area but leave the rest of the room dark.