Handel Table Lamp
Here is perhaps one of the most rare and hard to find HANDEL TABLE LAMPS EVER. In 35 years of HANDELING, I have only seen this HANDEL lamp in the books. Found on page 36 of the Hibel/Fontaine HANDEL lamp book. Here it is in real life. Phillip J.Handel standardized his shade supports/heat caps in two sizes with only one exception. This is that rare exception as Phillip Handel ran a regimented and standardized lamp co with strict gudlines. This was done in the early years 1902-1905 Shade and base both properly signed as shown. Shade measures 18" x 26"high with early 2 screw HUBBELL sockets and acorn chain pulls .Great high quality textured glass with superb workmanship.
The Handel Lamp Company of Meriden, Connecticut began production in 1885 as a partnership between Philip Julius Handel, age nineteen, and Adolph Eydam, age twenty-one. The company, founded as Eydam & Handel first specialized in glass decorating and lamp manufacturing using bases from other suppliers. The company began the production of their own lamp bases in 1902 with the opening of the Handel foundry, allowing production of the lamps completely "In house". The lamps were made in a variety sizes that ranged from boudoir to floor lamps to 18" diameter table lamps. The company is best known for their reverse painted lamps, hand painted with a wide array of beautiful lamps with subjects ranging from historical scenes to birds, flowers and butterflies. No two lamps even with the same design number by the same artist were ever identical, the success of each lamp depended largely on the ability of the artist. There are better examples of each design number, usually the ones signed by the artist bringing a premium value over unsigned shades. The company ceased production in 1936 as the demand for Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts style faded. In today's market all Handel lamps are highly sought after with prices ranging from $2000.00 dollars for lamps with simpler designs to over $100,000 for extreme rarities with "One of a kind" variations on a design theme.