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Pair of antique candlestick table lamps, from the Aesthetic Movement period, in iron & brass, 1890`s ca, English.

This pair of lamps have been gently cleaned while respecting the aged patina. They are newly rewired, earthed, PAT tested by an electrician and ready to use. Each has the following new components: lamp holder with a cream card cover, gold silk cable, black cord switch, black plug and clip-on black silk lampshade. These lamps can be used with a dimmer. It is possible to use these lights in other countries with a light bulb suitable to local electricity.

These lamps were made in the Aesthetic Movement style which flourished in Britain between 1860-1900. The sophisticated design was intended to bring beauty to everyday objects, escaping the ugliness & materialism of the Industrial Age.

The contrast between the black & gold surfaces, tubular & square shapes, traditional & geometric motifs, make these lamps a good example of The Aesthetic Movement style. Aesthetic artists drew inspiration from various cultures & periods, in this example from ancient Greek & Egyptian Art, with the decorative ivy pattern on the brass. Ivy symbolizes romantic loyalty, strength, and eternal life. In ancient Egypt ivy was dedicated to Osiris, who represented immortality. In ancient Greece ivy was the plant of Dionysus because of its vigor. This rich eclecticism is one of the Aesthetic Movement`s most intriguing characteristics making these lamps fitting for Interiors today.

The slender classical form & elegant proportions make these lamps well sized for the bedside or corridor. They would suit a range of interiors such as Antique, Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Hollywood Regency or Contemporary.

The design consists of a tubular column of polished brass with an ivy chain pattern decoration. The column leads to the ornate square drip pan & sconce in patinated iron. This is followed by a new lamp holder covered by a cream card candle tube.

Looking towards the bottom, the base is also square and in patinated iron, with a scalloped & stepped edge and four feet. A band of foliate creates movement & texture. The casting is superb, both lamps were created originally as a pair and individually cast, with a slight variation in height between them. On the underside both are stamped: " R.N. 55656".

Each lamp is finished with a new clip-on black silk lampshade lined metallic gold. This complements the tones of the base.

Each lamp carries 1 standard small screw light bulb (E14) up to 40 Watts. At present they are fitted & photographed with Candle Clear shaped light bulbs of 25 Watts. These are included in the price.

These antique lamps are in very good condition. The frames are sound. The metal surfaces overall are in very good condition for their age. The original antique patina has been preserved, adding character & depth. The 2 lampshades are new and in very good condition.

Additional dimensions:

The total Height with the shades on is: 38 cm.

The base alone (without the lampshades) is: Height: 28 cm, Width: 9 cm, Depth: 9 cm.

The lampshade alone is: Height: 10 cm, Diameter at the bottom: 14 cm, Diameter at the top: 7 cm.

Packing is offered free of charge. We take special professional care while packing. For safe transport the bases & lampshades would be wrapped separately in bubble wrap, foam and an outer layer of card. Together these parts would easily fit into a box with loose fill packing nuts, safe for posting with a courier. We ship with reliable couriers (signed for, tracked & insured).


Within London UK: Free
UK Mainland: £ Free
European Union: £ 60
United States/Canada: £ 70
Japan: £ 85
Australia: £ 105
Rest of the World please enquire.

AESTHETIC MOVEMENT HISTORY: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain covered the period of 1860 to 1900. Artists designed to escape the Industrial Revolution Age, by concentrating instead on producing art that was beautiful rather than having a deeper meaning: `Art for Art`s sake`. These new bohemian Aesthetic artists included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Christopher Dresser & Frederic Leighton.

The Aesthetic Movement initiated extensive artistic & design changes. Its eclecticism, modern concepts of middle-class lifestyle and domestic environment prepared the way for the art movements of the 20th century, resonating even into our own time.

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London, UK

Item Dimensions

H:38cm W:14cm D:14cm


1890 ca, English

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

United Kingdom

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)795 6645492