Handel Greek Key

2,450

Here is a all original, excellent properly signed HANDEL GREEK KEY HANGER. The shade measures 11" point to point and has that very well coordinated glass. The border has that lite green with the body of striated amber glass with the rare brick work overlay. Has the HANDEL metal tag. All original hardware, just as it was built a century ago. Has the correct socket with acorn chain pull A magnificent piece of AMERICAN art / lighting history.

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
theme.

greek key meander

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret.

Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth - indeed - a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key.

Meander symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and devotion, well being of health and that's the reason it's often given as marriage gift. It can symbolize as well the four cardinal points, the 4 seasons, waves - especially in the round version of it, or snakes, among others.