Handel Lamp with Reverse Painted Shade, ca. 1900

Value (2010) | $8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction

I received this lamp from my godmother. When she passed away, she passed that on to me. When we were children she had it in her living room, and she loved to collect knickknacks and breakables. And so as a child I remember we weren't allowed to go in the living room. And on a special occasion we could go in there and look. And I remember I was always fascinated with it because it looked like a tree. I do know that it's a Handel lamp and the base is stamped. And then I saw that there's "Handel" underneath the lampshade also. And I think Handel was made in Connecticut. But beyond that, I don't know what year or span of time, and I have no idea about value and whether it's authentic or whether it's a replica.

Well, Philip Handel started in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1885. And then I think in 1893, he moved to New York. And then up until the 1930s, produced Handel wares. This is a very pretty lamp. It appears to be all legitimate. It's late 19th, early 20th century. The very nice base, above average. It's patinated metal in low relief of a wooded scene. And it works so well with this interior painted shade.

Is that cast?

It is formed in a mold, yeah. This is a chipped ice finish. The base is impressed underneath "Handel." The rim is marked "Handel" and then the shade is signed underneath "Handel 6160"-- which would be a production number-- and then initialed "W.R.," which would be the artist. So we have above average base, very nice shade, interior painted. I think a good auction estimate would be $8,000 to $12,000.

That's phenomenal. That's great.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2010)
$8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Billings, MT (June 26, 2010)

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