Handel Cat Tail


Here is the top of the line of the great museum quality HANDEL LAMPS. This is the HANDEL CAT TAIL. A large lamp with the properly signed twice 20" shade. All the hand painting is of excellent artistry and strong well coordinated colors as one would expect of the great HANDEL CO. The base stands a tall 26" has HUBBELL sockets with acorn chain pulls and is also properly signed on the foot. A massive HANDEL table lamp that is the conversation piece in any room. Rewired for another century of service. Priced to sell and a great investment at $6750 which will bring beauty to one's home every day.

Please see the Handel cat tail below that sold at Craftsman's Auction in 2006 for $51, 000. Mine is the same base and shade except 2"smaller shade.

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

Handel - lot 97 March 2006

HANDEL Table lamp, its large faceted slag-glass shade with brown and green cattails over a bronzed base. Excellent example, marvelous condition. Base is stamped HANDEL. 28" x 22"

Sold for: $51, 000 March 2006 Auction