Handel Boudoir


Here is a super HANDEL molded shade desk lamp in excellent original condition which is saying a lot from 1919 The shade measures 7.5" and is very delicately hand painted with many finely painted butterfly's. Is signed HANDEL 6693 and is artist signed H.L. Has the chipped ice treatment and is free of any chips, flea bites or anything else.
The base is also properly signed HANDEL, 15.5" high with HUBBELL socket with acorn chain pull.Nice patina and rewired for safety.This lamp is shown on page #225 of the HANDEL Hilel/Fontaine book. $2375, this is a bargain low price as the good HANDEL BOUDOIR LAMPS are in the $4500 range.

The Handel Lamp Company of Meriden, Connecticut began production in 1885 as
a partnership between Philip Julius Handel, age nineteen, and Adolph Eydam, age
twenty-one. The company, founded as Eydam & Handel first specialized in
glass decorating and lamp manufacturing using bases from other suppliers. The
company began the production of their own lamp bases in 1902 with the opening of
the Handel foundry, allowing production of the lamps completely "In house". The
lamps were made in a variety sizes that ranged from boudoir to floor lamps to
18" diameter table lamps. The company is best known for their reverse painted
lamps, hand painted with a wide array of beautiful lamps with subjects ranging
from historical scenes to birds, flowers and butterflies. No two lamps
even with the same design number by the same artist were ever identical, the
success of each lamp depended largely on the ability of the artist. There are
better examples of each design number, usually the ones signed by the artist
bringing a premium value over unsigned shades. The company ceased
production in 1936 as the demand for Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts style
faded. In today's market all Handel lamps are highly sought after with prices
ranging from $2000.00 dollars for lamps with simpler designs to over $100,000
for extreme rarities with "One of a kind" variations on a design