Handel Table Lamp with Icicle Shade, ca. 1920
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:09)
Asian Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Senior Appraiser-Fine & Decorative Arts
GUEST: This lamp was given to my great-grandmother by my great-uncle. He was wanting to do something special for her when he hit it big in the stock market, and he gave her this lamp. It was given to my grandmother and then to my father, and then I received it when my father passed away.
APPRAISER: Okay, this is a Handel lamp. Did you know that, or...
GUEST: Well, yes, just from the markings here on the lamp.
APPRAISER: Okay-- this is a beautiful shade. It's an icicle shade-- one of the nicest ones of the Handel type that I've seen in a long time. Here we have the ring stamped "Handel." Philip Handel started making lamps in Connecticut in the late 1890s and then continued it till his death in 1914, and then the company continued in 1936 under family management. In my estimation this lamp was, uh, made in, uh, say, 1915 to 1925. Now, one thing nice about this lamp is that you have the same glass on the shade as on the center ball. The base is a wonderful base. It's a neoclassical delight, and not all Handel lamps you can find the shade with the original base. This one, we know they started life together because of the same glass. We have a typical Handel cloth label underneath here, and it, uh... Just, again, beautiful form, beautiful colors. An extraordinary lamp, in my opinion. Handel basically was not on the same tier level as Louis Comfort Tiffany's lamps, and they weren't known for leaded-glass shades, so people that are looking for collecting lamps of this period-- again, late 19th, early 20th century-- if they can't afford a Tiffany, then a Handel is a good one to go for. I would put an auction estimate on the lamp of $8,000 to $12,000.
GUEST (laughing): Oh. So... That's nice.
APPRAISER: Very good.
GUEST: That's, uh, a shock. Well, it'll be stuck back in the corner away from the main traffic now.
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