Beatrix Potter lamps
Beatrix Potter lamps are lamps based on the characters of the children’s author Beatrix Potter.
Background and Description
Beatrix Potter is a renowned writer of classic children’s books. Her best known stories include The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903) and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908).
Peter Rabbit as a figurine was first patented in 1903. Decades later, companies began to develop other items based on the characters and stories, including lamp bases.
The lamps are either white with one of Potter’s original pictures on the side with a quote from the story, or are in the shape of one of the characters, or an entire scene. Sometimes they have lampshades to match. They are generally ceramic, and/or other materials such as wood.
Collecting Beatrix Potter lamps
These lamps are often collected by general collectors of Beatrix Potter-related items. They are also often bought for their original purpose: to adorn children’s bedrooms.
Beatrix Potter lamps have been manufactured by several different companies.
A company called Wedgwood created Beatrix Potter lamp bases with Potter’s illustrations and quotes from the stories in the 1970s. These are a rounded shape, white porcelain, with coloured pictures.
Other companies have manufactured Beatrix Potter lamps in different models, shapes and styles, including the Beswick Pottery company.
Beatrix Potter lamps have sold on eBay for $10-$85.
They have sold for $30-$100 at auction.