An antique light can create the perfect ambiance in a room, whether it be a wall lamp, celling light, lantern or a set of stunning candlesticks. Antique lighting is a popular collectors item, an antique light can be an attractive addition to the home- vintage lighting can also add a special touch when decorating a room. Dependent on what feel you wish to create- be it soft up lighting or brightness will largely determine what antique light you wish to purchase.
It is thought the lamp was created roughly 70,000 years ago, most likely made from shell or rock that was hollowed out, animal fat was thought to be used to aid the burning of natural fibres. In the 18thC the burner was invented, a controlled flame in the then widely used oil lamps, which were portable in their nature. With progressive designs to lighting came the table lamp, often with a decorative base and shade. Once electricity was discovered, oil lamps largely became redundant although their charm did not disintegrate. Celling lights are largely considered vintage lighting as opposed to antique as electricity has only really been widely used since the beginning of the 20thC. There are a large variety of antique lights to choose from including bedside lights, floor lamps, celling lights, brass lights, table lamps, chandeliers, wall lights, lanterns, as well as stunning lamp bases.
Antique candlesticks are a popular collectors item, they can be a very valuable investment, either as a practical or display piece. Often ornate and intricate in their detail, they make the perfect table decoration especially during the festive period. Initially made for the wealthy, royalty and churches they were generally made from silver or brass. Candlesticks became more common in households from the 18thC with Georgian candlesticks largely influenced by neo-classical, rococo, gothic and oriental designs. Glass candlesticks became more popular during this period. Victorian candlesticks tended to be influenced by the arts; a good piece in terms of antique lighting is the ‘Diamonds’ range of candlesticks made from brass.
Antique oil lamps are valuable, representing a good investment piece; they can be purchased for functional use or purely decorative. There are different types of antique oil lamps, namely an Edwardian brass oil lamp with a bonnet shade, a rarity it is considered very valuable. Victorian lamps are also desirable, they tended to be made from ceramic and brass and often featured a colourful design.
Other antique lighting of note is the chandelier, a hanging light, it is a lovely decorative addition to a room, with multiple lights illuminating a room. Pendant lights usually use a single source of lighting; this celling light hangs down with an attractive covering. Tiffany lamps made during the late 19thC and early 20thC, made with colourful stained glass and leaded shades, are considered particularly attractive and there are many vintage replicas of this particular light.
The Chinoiserie standard lamp is painted or carved with chinoiserie motifs, a style of decoration that was characterized by the use of painted Chinese motifs, popular in the 18thC and is a lovely addition to a room.
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This is an outstanding 19th Century Victorian antique brass corinthian column oil lamp with stepped square base with reeded column, blue font, duplex burner, etched glass shade and original chimney.
Antique Victorian Sheffield plate five sconce table candelabra. Absolutely stunning piece and would make a great addition to someones home. Full of character very decorative, ornate and in great condition.
Offered for sale are these pair of silver dwarf candlesticks. Very decorative objects. Perfect condition.
Antique Victoria Brass Corinthian Column Oil Lamp with an etched glass shade, supported by a Corinthian column on a stepped base. Perfect condition.
Antique Victorian brass oil lamp, shaped frosted shade above clear cut glass reservoir, brass floral twisting column, four layer stepped base, black foot, impressed Veritas Lamp Works. Perfect condition.
A French gilded bronze triple light hexagonal antique hall lantern, the six bevelled tapering glass panels held within an ornate scrolling framework with three light fittings and having decorative scrolled ...
Antique Victorian Oil Lamp with a ruby reservoir, pierced cast iron base decorated with birds.
An English pair of re-polished brass twin arm wall lights, the reeded scrolling arms with circular reeded bobeche drip pans, issuing from an urn shaped back plate with barley twisted ...
A pretty pair of gilt framed two light Italian appliqués from Florence, with a swirly frame from which hang delicate swags of bead chains and unusual bell crystals. Good antique ...
Antique Victorian Reeded Column Brass Oil Lamp having a rounded clear glass shade, on a brass reeded column on a shaped bass.
A French gilded brass and crystal 9 light birdcage form antique chandelier, the leaf clad scrolling arms with glass bobeche drip pans and leaf candle sconces, issuing from an foliated ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century antique silver plated table lamp which is very ornate. It is in a lovely condition.
This is a beautiful French Art Deco table lamp. With a glass reeded column on a planished hexagonal metal base.
Antique Victorian brass oil lamp with an etched glass shade, glass front, supported on a turned brass column standing on a round brass base, Lovely original condition.
Pair of antique brass candlesticks,with a shaped tapering column, rising from a stepped round base, each candlestick still retains its original push ejector rod.
Good quality cast brass desk lamp with traditional green glass shade,
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good quality brass standard lamp with reeded Corinthian column and decorative base standing on lions paw feet.
normal marks etc commensurate with age and use but overall this charming lamp is ...
A wonderful large Italian two tier chandelier, the top crown has ten ornate small arms each holding heavy deco crystals, the central decorative bulbous frame issuing eighteen lights in two ...
A pretty five light Florentine gilt framed chandelier, the frame is studded with rosettes with tiny blue bead in the centre, dressed overall with swags of coffin drops and delicate ...
A French pair of gilded brass twin arm opposing antique wall lights, the leaf scrolling arms with leaf bobeche drip pans and bulbous candle sconces, issuing from a opposing leaf ...
An absolutely stunning table lamp of beautiful proportions. With original shade. There are a few fronds missing from the fringe at the back of the lamp but these can easily ...
A French pair of twin light gilded brass antique convex hall lanterns, the two light fittings, surrounded by a three sectional convex glass panels, held within a decorative cast scrolling ...
A 'festi fiori'! very unusual decorative Florentine antique chandelier. With an array of delicate gilt arms each holding pretty flowers cleverly made of petals of crystals with gilt ...
A French gilded cast brass triple light antique hall lantern, the three light fittings surrounded by three sectional convex glass panels and held within an ornate scrolling framework with reeded ...
A French pair of gilded bronze twin arm antique wall lights, the leaf clad reeded scrolling arms with sectional milgrain bobeche drip pans and bulbous candle sconces, issuing from a ...
An Italian gilded brass and crystal 10 light antique chandelier, the ornate scrolling arms with leaf outcrops and glass bobeche drip pans, issuing from a foliated baluster column with leaf ...
This wonderful English basket chandelier has a decorative brass ceiling rose and reeded stem, the central ornate brass band is studded with pretty cameo motifs, graduated bead chains hang ...
Offered for sale are these pair of revo brass table lamps which have been professionally rewired and PAT tested. They take standard B22 light bulbs.
Offered for sale is this Edwardian antique bankers library desk lamp which has been professionally rewired and PAT tested. It takes a standard B22 light bulb. It has an on/off ...
Offered for sale is this quality French brass piano desk lamp which has been professionally rewired and PAT tested. It takes a standard B22 light bulb. In line on off ...
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