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Long Description: This design is similar to #2387 due to the landscape design painted on the exterior. The shade is heavily detailed with a grass field and multiple variety of shrubs and trees. The designs was crafted with a three-dimensional effect. The central design consists of two trees with heavy foliage and flying birds. In addition to this, small shrubs and trees are painted in the background to add depth unlike other Handel landscape shades. The floriform base is molded with six shaped feet and vertical indentations.
Dimensions: 18" Wide
References: Hibel, Hibel & Fontaine 141 B
History: Philip J. Handel had a passion for drawing and decorative arts from a young age. Handel worked as an unpaid apprentice at The Meriden Flint Glass Company for six months, pursuing his interest in art. At the age of nineteen Handel started a business association with Adolph Eydam, focusing in decorative glass and lamps under the company name of Eydam & Handel. Eventually, Eydam took a position as a decorator foreman at a rival company, C. F. Monroe. Handel purchased his deserting partner's share and renamed the business The Handel Company in 1903.
This company focused on decorative glass from lamp shades to china wares. The earliest lamp shades manufactured by the company were 10 or 12" floral shades. Craftsmen later focused on more intricate construction and landscape designs. The company produced Art Deco style lamps with a "Teroca" shade instead of the leaded lamps made popular by Tiffany. Handel painted shades are either obverse painted (exterior) or reverse painted (interior), depending on which side the shade was decorated on. Many lamps also have a "chipped ice" design on the exterior of the shade to add texture to the paintings. Among Handel's craftsmen were skilled metalworkers who produced the bases these decorative shades are supported by.
After Handel passed away, his second wife assumed his job until William Handel, Philip's cousin, was appointed head of the firm. The company thrived during the years following World War I, partially due to William's marketing success. After the onset of The Great Depression the company declined until closing in 1936 and officially dissolving in 1941. While The Handel Company produced various decorative glass, its historical relevance comes from their line of lamp shades.
Item created by: nmwhite997 on 2016-08-22 09:14:07
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