Antique and vintage glass uplighters
Antique and vintage glass uplighters are items of glassware designed to cast light upwards. They tend to take the form of a bowl, a design that maximises the spread of light.
Some uplighters are designed to be hung from the ceiling, while others are created for use at floor level or on long stands.
Many contemporary uplighters are produced for sidewalls.
Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Value and notable sales of antique and vintage glass uplighters
Glass uplighters produced by notable glass manufacturers and designers achieve the highest sums at private sales and auction.
A Barovier and Toso glass uplighter, produced in around 1930, sold for £624 at Sotheby’s London in October 2006.
A Pietro Chiesa-designed glass and brass uplight, manufactured in around 1940, achieved £3,000 at Christie’s London in June 2006.