Friday, April 25, 2014

Staff Faves: Michael's Colonial Revival Style Picks

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Kerosene table lamp with
hand wheel cut shade.
The Colonial Revival style of architecture and design is a versatile,  traditional American style that continues to be popular even in contemporary design (see previous post). It's so popular in fact, that our Architectural Preservation & Design Consultant, Michael Newberry, a fan of the style himself, has compiled a list of his 3 favorite Colonial Revival style pieces that would make a great addition to any home, historic or new.

Pick #1: Kerosene Table Lamp

Although kerosene table lamps have declined in use since the dawn of electricity, it can be a welcomed addition to any home. When modern conveniences like electricity let us down, turning to a proven technology can save you in a bind.

This particular kerosene lamp isn't just beautifully simplistic. According to Newberry this is one of the finest original and complete examples of a kerosene table lamp he has seen. "It's two-tone finish, stain brass body really speak to it's quality," says Newberry. "And it's stunningly etched hand-wheel cut shade demonstrates great craftsmanship." Available for $785, it's also a great buy that won't only look great in your living room, but be useful when that next storm hits.

Pick #2: Quartersawn Oak Full Mantel

Full mantel with intricately
carved details.
It's large and in charge! But if a focal point is what you want, you'll find that and more with Newberry's next pick of a hundred-year-old full mantel with hand carved details. "It has an impressive scale," says Newberry. "It makes a statement with its great quartersawn oak and original finish. The huge beveled glass mirror really draws you in." And if that mirror doesn't draw you in, "the hand carved Ionic capitals, egg and dart molding, and traditional acanthus leaves will."

For solid wood hand carved treatment and large scale design, $6,750 this is a great buy. It'll add value to your home and be a true showstopper.

Pick #3: Five Light Pan Style Ceiling Fixture

Pan style light fixture with etched
shades, as-is $975.
Popular over 100 years ago, pan style fixtures offered several light sockets for more bulbs and illumination. Today, a simple pan style fixture can illuminate a room while making a statement. With it's round shape and elaborate chain, a fixture like this one would fit well in a dining room of a historic home or the entrance to a loft. "It's versatile," Newberry says. "But this fixture is a rarity. It has its original two-tone finish and all of its parts are intact including the sockets." Even with it's "crusty wiring," as Newberry describes it, "this fixture is a hidden gem. It's just waiting for the right person."

But you had better hurry if you're looking for a fixture like this diamond in the rough, because as Newberry points out (with a smirk on his face), "this one is an employee favorite." And for $975 as-is, you can have an authentic piece of history that's all your own. Don't like the shades? "Don't worry about the shades," says Newberry, "they aren't original, and we can always swap them out."


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