Handel Swans Lamp


If you like birds in flight , here is a real HANDEL beauty. Hand painted swans on one side with herons on the other of this 15" shade.Colors , artistry and detail is jaw dropping. Measures 19" high with a properly signed HANDEL solid bronze base with 3 HUBBELL sockets with acorn chain pulls . This may be the bargain of the year at $1975.

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.