What are the proper names for these Victorian light fixtures?

jlc102482November 16, 2010

This is a photo of a chandelier in the parlor of a local house museum (house is circa 1880 if I recall correctly).

I want to buy similar light fixtures for my own old home. I am especially obsessed with the chandelier. :) However, I don't know the proper term for either of these light fixtures, so I'm having trouble searching for any to buy. The chandelier looks Eastlake, and the other light looks like an oil lamp maybe, but that's all I know. Can anyone help with proper names?


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    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:19PM
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It's vaguely eastlake style chandileier. Is the bust attached to the light?

The oil lamp is a "pull down" light or "pulley light". You could snag it, pull it down to light it, and push it back up.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 9:54AM
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The first one is a Neo-Grec gasolier circa 1870s-1880s. Rejuvenation Lighting currently produces a similar one oritinally made by Hollings.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 10:43AM
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The first chandy looks like a Eastlake for sure. If Linda C. chimes in, she may know.

Here is a picture of my cousins house using a chandy similiar to the second one. I think it looks good in a country kitchen.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 9:46AM
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The one above is brass and of course yours is made of wrought iron. I would call the second one a Lantern chandy, but not sure of the proper name.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 10:02AM
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Rejuvenations Neo-Grec chandelier. Neo-Grec is a specific style that was a later, victorianized version of the earlier Greek Revival. It is differentiated somewhat from Eastlake by the presence of classical elements such as the figures on your piece, but since it was essentially contemporary to Eastlake there are similarities.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rejuvenation

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 10:12AM
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Pal, you certainly know what your talking about. Your a good source of information.


    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 12:50PM
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If there are stylized palmettes/anthemions, it's neo-grec. Good catch palimpsest.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 8:17PM
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The kerosine lamp in the linked picture appears to be missing the pulley mechanism and the smoke bell....but..I guess I would call it a hanging kerosine lamp.
Linda C

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 9:37PM
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A bit off topic about your first piece specifically, but here is a Greek Revival-Late Federal (as opposed to Neo-Grec) chandelier. 1800-1820 ish.

And here is a c. 1845 solar lamp from the Greek Revival period

And here is the sibling to yours again:

This is an earlier Argand Lamp where function was still trumping ornament a bit, because the technology was so new c. 1830

I think you can see an evolution between the chandelier, the solar lamp, and the Neo-Grec gasolier, in particular.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 10:23AM
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It also might be well to point out that the gas...as in natural gas...fueled chandelieres are always hung by a pipe that the gas can run through...never a chain or a thin wire sort of thing.And the gas fueled lights always have a petcock which can turn on or off the gas supply.
Linda C

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 12:55PM
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True, and this is where many reproductions drop the ball: a natural gas fixture hung by chains. The solar lamp and argand lamp above are hung by chains because these are oil lamps or kerosene lamps that were fed only from the central reservior. I don't know how long that solar lamp would have burned before needing a refill.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 5:41PM
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The other lamp you are trying to figure out is a library lamp. It held a reservoir of oil (not gas) and while some could be pulled down, most were not. They were common in a less well to do house. (a larger home would have had a more spectacular fixture).

They come in many different colors, from ruby to opal to painted glass shades.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 12:39AM
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