Antique Holophane Lighting
Antique Holophane Lighting is produced by the British company Holophane, one of the oldest manufacturers of lighting-based products in the world.
The company was founded in London, England, in 1898 and for over a century has produced a variety of lighting-related products for outdoor, industrial, commercial and emergency applications.History & Description
The hallmark of Holophane lighting fixtures, or luminaires, is their borosilicate glass refractor or reflector. The glass prisms provide both uplight and downlight which helps to illuminate any environment evenly without glare or dark spots. This style of glass shade, often simply referred to as Holophane, is characteristic of vintage style lighting and is copied throughout the lighting industry.
Guide for collectors
While Holophane lights are frequently sold through both national and international auction houses, instances of antique items are harder to come by. However, records show that antique Holophane lights are considerably less expensive than their vintage counterparts.
For example, at present the maximum price for a pre-1940 Holophane light is £1,625 (see below). On the other hand, the record price for a vintage Holophane light was set at Christie’s, London, in July 2011 at £4,000.
One source of information on antique Holophane lighting is the official Holophane website.
Notable auction sales
On January 14th 2007 at Point Pleasant Galleries in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, an Art Deco Holophane hanging light, circa 1930s, realised a price of $750.
On July 20th 2010 at Christie’s in London, a set of four Holophane glass ceiling lights, circa 1930s, realised a price of £1,625.
On March 21st 2006 at Christie’s in London, an American gilt-brass and cut glass Holophane ceiling light, circa early-twentieth century, realised a price of £300.
On July 9th 2003 at Christie’s in London, a set of eight gilt metal and Holophane glass ceiling lights realised a price of £823.