Antique Handel Lamps

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Antique Handel Lamps

Antique Handel Lamps are decorative lamps produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the Handel Lamp Company of Connecticut.

Brief history

Dating all the way back to 1876, the Handel Lamp Company became a household name thanks to their high-quality reverse painted lamp shades that typically depicted eye-catching landscapes or scenery. The company hired artists to not only design the lamp shades, but to also hand paint the shade from the inside as well; (which helped make the shade look like a three-dimensional image).

But by 1936, the company stopped producing lamps due to the Great Depression, and because of this Handel lamps are considered to be extremely rare and valuable today.

Notable auction sales

Scenic/landscape Handel lamps

Antique Place in Hallandale, Florida sold:

  • A reverse painted Handel table lamp depicting the Grecian Ruin, trees, mountains and a bright blue sky (18" in height) for $10,000 in January of 2008.
  • A reverse painted Handel table lamp depicting the Grecian Ruin, trees, mountains and a blue sky (18" in height) for $9,000 in June of 2008.

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a burgundy and purple reverse painted Handel lamp depicting a fall scene and trees by artist John Bailey (18" x 23") for $7,500 in October of 2004.

Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a reverse painted Handel table lamp featuring trees and a summery landscape (28" in height) for $7,000 in February of 2008.

Handel lamp bases

Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold an antique Handel mermaid-style bronzed lamp base for $7,000 in January of 2006.

Floral Handel lamps

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold:

  • A reverse painted Handel rose floral table lamp (18" x 23") for $14,000 in October of 2004.
  • A floral leaded glass Handel lamp (23" x 30") with a cherry clossom design and red flowers (circa 1920) for $7,750 in October of 2004.

Modernist Handel lamps

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold:

  • A modernist Handel table lamp featuring purple and teal circle shapes for $10,000 in December of 2011.
  • A modernist Handel table lamp featuring purple and teal circle shapes (28" x 18") for $8,500 in October of 2009.

Handel "Cattail" lamps

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold a reverse painted Handel overlay panel "cattail" table lamp with the original red/brown patina and green highlights on the bass and shade for $14,000 in October of 2004.

Oriental Handel lamps

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold a red and black painted Handel reverse Oriental lamp featuring a pheasant and floral decor (18" x 23") for $16,000 in October of 2004.

Handel floor lamps

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold a floral leaded glass Handel floor lamp depicting dark green leaves and orange/yellow flowers for $6,750 in October of 2004.

Guide for collectors

Antique Handel lamps that feature Art Nouveau designs, or lamps that were designed by a popular or well-known artist, are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.

Restoration of an antique Handel lamp is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique Handel lamp could decrease its value).

For more information regarding antique Handel lamps, visit Don's Lamps & Antiques.

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