Carder Steuben Shade on Handel Base
I saw this lamp, and you know, a lot of times you see combination lamps like this. And you think that it's a Tiffany lamp, but this is not a Tiffany lamp. It's a Handel base. Handel was a company that was based in Meriden, Connecticut. And another company made glass shades specifically for this base, and that company was Frederick Carder Steuben, based in Corning, New York. And this is a Frederick Carder shade, probably dating from about 1915. It's a wonderful shade. I've actually not seen one of these in this coloration. I've actually seen it with a rose background, but not a blue background. And then we have this... these great leaves and vines decoration in gold aurene, and this lovely rim down here. The lamp, it has a few little issues. We're missing a lot of finish on the... what we call patina on this kind of base, and we're missing that. So that is going to have impact on the value. The shade is very special. And if this were all perfect, I would say this lamp was worth between $7,000 and $9,000. However, I have to bring the price down a little bit and say that in this instance because of the damage on the base, I'm going to say maybe $6,000 to $8,000.
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