Lighting Devices & Art Lamps Photos

Photos of lighting devices including ancient oil lamps, candlesticks, whale oil lamps, kerosene lamps, industrial lamps, early light bulbs, trace the evolution to modern lighting.

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Lamps of Antiquity Roman oil lamp with charioteer at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria Italian bronze lamp at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI Hanging Betty & fat burning lamps at Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA
Candle stands Candlestick with spiral adjustment at Strong House. Windsor, CT Adjustable height ratchet rush lamp at Conde-Charlotte Museum. Mobile, AL Caned armchair with adjustable-height candle stand at Judson House. Stratford, CT
Metal Candlesticks Silver candlestick on pull-on candle shelf of bureau cabinet at Rienzi house museum. Houston, TX Art Nouveau candlestick at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA Electroplated brass chamber candlestick by Christopher Dresser & made by Hukin & Heath of Birmingham, England at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA
Girandoles Gilt bronze "Last of the Mohicans" girandoles by Isaac F. Baker & made by Cornelius & Co. at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL Bigelow chapel girandole by William Shaw of Boston, MA at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX Bronze candlesticks with lions from England at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA
Lustres or Lusters Mantle luster at Lewis-Bingham-Waggoner House. Independence, MO Luster with red pressed glass center column at Hurlbut-Dunham House. Wethersfield, CT Astral oil lamp by Cornelius & Co. & lighthouse clock made by Simon Willard & Sons of Roxbury, MA in Alabama period parlor at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC
Candles on Mirrors Candle sconce with tin reflector at Phelps-Hathaway House. Suffield, CT Convex mirror with American eagle & candle sticks from America or England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL Tin framed with mirror & double sconce by Angelina Delgado Martinez at Millicent Rogers Museum. Taos, NM
Glass Candlesticks Pressed glass dolphin candlesticks by Mt. Washington Glass Works & pressed glass vase by Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA Topaz candlestick at Fostoria Glass Museum. Moundsville, WV Smoke glass keyhole design candle holder at National Museum of Cambridge Glass. Cambridge, OH
Candle Chandeliers Chandelier in Old South Church. Boston, MA Tin chandelier from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in East Plymouth, CT at Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT Candelabras from Spain at Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Santa Fe, NM
Candle Making & Tools Candle dipping racks at La Purisima Mission. Lompoc, CA Tin candle wick snips at Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA Bent wood boxes & tin candle mold at Strong House. Windsor, CT
Whale Oil Lamps Tin whale oil lamp in Garrison house at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH Glass whale oil lamp at Denison Homestead Museum. Stonington, CT Star & punty pattern green glass kerosene lamps at Sandwich Glass Museum. Sandwich, MA
Mosque Lamps Enameled & gilded glass mosque lamp from Egypt at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC Glass mosque lamp from Egypt or Syria at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY Glass mosque lamp probably from Egypt at Toledo Glass Pavilion. Toledo, OH
Hanging Kerosene Lamps Dining room oil lamp in John Wright Mansion at Historic Lyme Village Museum. Bellevue, OH Hung double wick oil lamp at Baca Adobe House. Trinidad, CO Ceiling oil lamp at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX
Table Kerosene Lamps Blue alabaster "Wedding" lamp by Ripley & Co., Pittsburgh, PA in glass gallery at Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, WV Red glass oil lamp at Neill-Cochran House Museum. Austin, TX Oil lamp made by Plume & Atwood of Waterbury, CT at Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury, CT
Argand Lamps Table lamp bought by George Washington in American History Museum. Washington, DC Argand oil lamp in parlor at Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. St. Louis, MO Argand lamp with cake plate at McCulloch House. Waco, TX
Gas Lamps Gas lamp in central hall at Tudor Place. Washington, DC Combined gas & electric kitchen lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA Table gas lamp fed by hose from ceiling lamp in farm house parlor at Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock, VT
Lanterns Lantern from England, reputed to have hung in Boston's Old North Church on April 18,1775 to signal British movements to Paul Revere & others at Concord Museum. Concord, MA Cut overlay parade lantern for Lincoln & Hamlin by Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. at Sandwich Glass Museum. Sandwich, MA Benjamin Harrison & Levi P. Morton campaign paper lantern. Fremont, OH
Lithophane Lamps Lithophane lamp details of images created by varying thickness of glass at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA Lithophane lamp shade with design in shadows caused by varying depth of glass showing Martin Luther at Wildwood Manor House. Toledo, OH Lithophane lamp with design created by thickness of glass alone at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO
Sculptures with Lamps Statue Of Light in library at Thomas Edison Laboratory National Historic Site. West Orange, NJ Entrance hall of Library of Congress. Washington, DC Dragon sculpture holding Chinese lantern & fan over umbrella at Casa Bruno Cuadros on La Rambla. Barcelona, Spain
Antique Light Bulbs Tungsten Mazda light bulbs at Edison Estate Museum. Fort Myers, FL Mazda electric light bulb tester at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY Light bulb with HH initials & elephant promoting Hoover's record of the electrification of America in his political efforts at Hoover Museum. West Branch, IA
Tiffany Lamps Detail of dragonfly shade attrib. Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll of Tiffany Studios at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL Turtleback Lamp of Favrile glass by Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH Acorn table lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT
Stained Glass Lamps not by Tiffany Table lamp by Gaspar Homar Mesquida at Museum of Decorative Arts. Barcelona, Spain Hexagonal glass lamp at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA Cast iron lamp with green glass at Butler-McCook House Museum. Hartford, CT
Antoni Gaudí Lamps Reception hall ceiling lamp at Casa Batlló. Barcelona, Spain Candle stand designed by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain Detail of Ciutadella Park gates by Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Fixtures Floor lamp by Frank Lloyd Wright for Sherman Booth house of Glencoe, IL, at Kirkland Museum. Denver, CO Fence & lamp stand of SC Johnson Wax complex. Racine, WI F.L. Wright's Grady Gammage Auditorium at ASU. Tempe, AZ
Arts & Crafts Lamps Square hanging lamp in Merchants' National Bank. Grinnell, IA Oak & wrought iron by Leopold Stickley & John George Stickley of Stickley Handcraft, Fayetteville, NY with Dirk van Erp lamp at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA Copper & mica lamp by Dirk Van Erp at Oakland Museum of California. Oakland, CA
Hall Lamps Glass oil ceiling lamp in Jonathan Goldsmith House at Hale Farm. Cleveland, OH Front hall lamp at Grouseland. Vincennes, IN Lamp with original glass plate photographs of Yosemite Valley by Carleton Watkins at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA
Artistic Electric Lamps Lamp in form of snake with electric wire serving as snake tongue at Woodrow Wilson House. Washington, DC Bird-shaped chandelier by Albert Cheuret of Paris, France at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX Silver table lamp by Walter von Nessen of New York City at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
Lamps in US State Capitals Capitol Hill lamp stands. Washington, DC Lamp stands of New York State Capitol. Albany, NY Beacon light plus Art Deco Eagle atop Louisiana State Capitol. Baton Rouge, LA
Artistic Electric Ceiling Lamps Chandelier with Greek mythological figures at Oakland City Hall. Oakland, CA Umbrella lamps in Wynn Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV Art Deco round ceiling lamp in Hall of State at Fair Park. Dallas, TX
Outdoor Lighting Flood lamp detail at Pacific Design Center. Hollywood, CA Hour-glass shaped lamp outside insurance building. Hartford, CT Lamp standards of State Capital Annex topped with pelicans. Baton Rouge, LA
Outdoor Light Standards Outdoor lamp fixture at Barnsdall Park, site of Hollyhock House. Los Angeles, CA Bronze lampstand supported by sculpted canon & four rifles at Waterbury Soldiers Monument. Waterbury, CT Ferry Building with street lamp on Embarcadero. San Francisco, CA
Outdoor Light Sconces Former Post Office Department. Washington, DC Lamps on Harold Washington Library Center. Chicago, IL Art Deco lamp on Carew Tower. Cincinnati, OH
Rustic Western US Lamps Antler chandelier at Stockyards Hotel in Thannisch Block Building. Fort Worth, TX Sixshooter converted to a bar lamp at Driskill Hotel. Austin, TX Old Faithful Lodge hanging lamp with bears & train at Yellowstone National Park. WY

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