Cecil. Floor Lamps. May 11th , 2018.
Floor lamps are no longer just something you find at your Grandma`s house collecting dust but are now used in any contemporary traditional or vintage setting at home or office. True some styles can be mixed and matched like adding a beautifully designed Tiffany floor lamp to a moderately contemporary decor. But reverse that idea and add a contemporary lamp to a Victorian style room and you`ll get a "yikes" reaction from guest if only in their minds. Look through magazines or visit a furniture store to check out how they do it.
First let us define antique floor lamp. Of course a floor lamp normally rests upon the floor as opposed to resting upon a table the wall or the ceiling. The general definition of an antique means something from a bygone era. This places the term outside the legal arena and into common usage. "era" is general perceived and is defined as a long indefinite time period which also works out perfectly for this general definition. This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an "antique floor lamp" is fairly useless without some time period designation normally in the form of circa 1905 which literally means "about the year 1905". So I will use the term antique floor lamp on this basis and often substitute it with the term vintage floor lamp. This discussion does not address modern reproductions of antique lamps which is another subject to itself.
Floor lamps can be defined as self- supporting and lighting fixtures. These are most often used as reading lamps and also as auxiliary light sources in a particular office space or living rooms. All modern floor lamps make good use of a solid base that is usually for supporting the lamp. Another other shield or a lamp shade is also used to diffuse and distract the light that is produced by all the bulbs. There are also various or multiple settings for different levels of illumination. These types of lamps are often used in a conjunction with the overhead lights in order to provide additional illumination and also a visual interest for the purpose of reading.
When it comes to setting the mood or atmosphere in a room not only does proper illumination add to the allure of your personal space but also the sources of light. While table lamps and ceiling lights serve a functional purpose floor lamps are expansive in the many different ways one may decorate their space and showcase their creativity. Whether you choose an antique selection to brighten your den or side with a traditional Victorian fringe design for the bedroom the never-ending possibilities of a floor lamp shine through in the mind-boggling variety in choices.
More and more people are learning to appreciate the quality and styling of antique floor lamps especially as most of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and literally made to be thrown away. Most all floor lamp makers from the turn of the century made their lamps from heavy metals such as cast iron brass steel and cast zinc sometimes combined with marble onyx glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique floor lamps for resale as well as for our customers` own use. From our 30 years of experience it is clear that many of these antique floor lamps will last for hundreds of years. The electrical components the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were made with such fine quality that they are a much better value than brand new high end lamps that sell for many hundreds of dollars. You will find some other surprises about these collectible works of art below.
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