Thursday, March 2, 2017

Photo Friday: Arts and Crafts Light Fixture with Art Glass Shades

By Gretchen Sawatzki

The Arts and Crafts Period (roughly 1860-1930) was an era defined by handmade, well-crafted products for the home. Rather than manufacture products using mass-produced methods, artisans of the period focused on the beauty and simplicity of the handcrafted. Nowhere was this more apparent than the handcrafted light fixtures of the era.

Antique handcrafted Arts and Crafts period light fixture.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

This antique Arts and Crafts era light fixture features hammered iron and a brass plated finish. Its rectilinear shape speaks to its simplicity while the Steuben gold aurene art glass shades add a touch of  iridescent sparkle and a colorful flare. Crafted circa 1910, this antique demonstrates the finest artisan work of the era.

Detail of Steuben gold aurene art glass shades.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited.

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