Lighting

Antique lighting can range from simple terracotta roman oil lamps or a pewter candlesticks to elaborate and impressive chandeliers.

In between come a whole range of different lighting forms depending on country of origin or their specific function. They encompass enamelled glass mosque lamps from Middle Eastern countries; European giltwood or ormolu wall brackets; figural torchères that hold lamps or the coloured glass creations from the likes of Daum and Gallé in Northern France to Tiffany’s distinctive American designs.

With the arrival of electricity, lighting gradually became more functional and simplified. Today lights by inter- or post-war Scandinavian or ‘50s and ‘60s Italian designers have acquired the status of design classics.


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Art & Antiques for Everyone offers suggestions to brighten the home this winter

05 November 2018

Those looking to brighten their home this winter could turn to the wide selection of bright or colourful antiques on offer during the next edition of 'Art & Antiques for Everyone'.

Miners' lamp

Rare 19th century miners’ lamp lights up auction in Rotherham

24 October 2018

A rare miners’ lamp was the unexpected highlight of Paul Beighton’s October 14 sale in Thurcroft near Rotherham.

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Paavo Tynell trips the light fantastic

18 June 2018

The specialist Finnish lighting designer Paavo Tynell proved to be the strong suit in a 111-lot Scandinavian design sale held by Artcurial (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Paris.

Dali

Buyer sought to keep Salvador Dalí champagne lamps in the UK

02 June 2018

Lamps designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí have been blocked from export in the hope a buyer can be found to pay £440,000 to keep them in the UK.

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Thomire candlesticks offered at Duran Subastas sale

14 May 2018

This pair of ormolu candlesticks by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) will feature in the May 24 auction at Duran Subastas in Madrid.

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Buyers dip into the modern movement for design festival at south London lido

23 April 2018

The lone swimmer at the Brockwell Lido pictured here appears oblivious to what’s going on alongside the walkways.

Le Corbusier light fitting

Le Corbusier lights withdrawn at last minute from French auction

10 June 2017

A group of more than 100 metal light fittings designed for a major French housing complex by Le Corbusier (aka Charles Edouard Jeanneret) has been unexpectedly withdrawn from a design sale at the French auction house Artcurial.

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Let there be all kinds of light - German hammer highlights

05 April 2017

From minimalist lamp to starry chandelier

Mandarin Oriental hotel

Pelmets, plinths and pedestals: fixtures from top London hotel go to auction

13 October 2016

Fancy a piece of the opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel in your own living room?

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Getty Museum acquires Woody Brock collection

26 January 2016

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired an important collection of 18th century French decorative arts assembled by Dr Horace Wood (Woody) Brock, one of the world’s foremost economists.

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A £23,000 Benson light show in Oxford

29 May 2015

The work of designer and architect William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924) entered a new price arena when this silvered brass ceiling light sold for £23,000 at Mallams Oxford.

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Fierce bidding for Stephenson’s bright spark in Sheffield auction

22 January 2014

The unexpected high point of the latest sale held at Sheffield Auction Gallery was this rare survivor – one of two miner’s lamps entered for sale by a local vendor.

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Benson light show at Lyon & Turnbull

13 May 2013

The highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of Decorative Arts was this copper and brass electrolier made in the workshops of the designer and architect William Arthur Smith Benson c.1900.

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RMS Olympic fixtures come to auction

01 September 2004

SPECIALIST auctioneers, Ocean Liner Auctions have been instructed to sell what they consider to be the largest and finest collection of fixtures and fittings from RMS Olympic since the vessel was broken up almost 69 years ago.

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Classic Wedgwood collection

13 July 2004

THE highlight of a 15-piece collection of Wedgwood ceramics offered for sale by Kidson-Trigg (15% buyer’s premium) of Highworth on May 26-27 was a pair of Wedgwood & Bentley black basalt oil lamps (one shown top right) that would have represented the height of fashion c.1775.

Decorative values shine through again

28 April 2004

THE strength of the decorative market was underlined by a number of lots offered by Woolley & Wallis, (15% buyer’s premium) on March 16, including the day’s best seller, a pair of c.1860 bronze and ormolu twin-light candelabra, one shown right.

Continental furniture, Sotheby’s

14 January 2004

The Continental Furniture sale at Sotheby’s Bond Street on December 10 proved something of a struggle, just like the furniture elements offered the following day by their King Street competitors. Only half the 241 lots got away, with demand focussed more than ever on the rarest top quality.

Linley lights on Art Deco

26 March 2003

PIMLICO-based furniture designer David Linley pays homage to Art Deco with his latest furniture launch, the Salon Collection, comprising a console table, side table, coffee table, cabinet, sofa and mirror, all currently available from Linley, 60 Pimlico Road, London SW1.

Seeking enlightenment on lamp

09 January 2003

One of the more mysterious objects at Lyon and Turnbull’s (17.5/10% buyer’s premium) decorative arts sale in Edinburgh on November 6 was this Art Nouveau pewter table lamp. Auctioneer John Mackie could not comment on why the futuristic design, measuring 2ft (60.5cm) high and apparantly unmarked, should have eclipsed a forecast of £300-500 and reached £6500.

Passport from Pimlico…

12 July 2002

PIMLICO dealer Alexander von Moltke has formed a partnership with the Manhattan interior designers Robert Marinelli and Michael Reeves who operate as RMMR.

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