Asked on Jan 22, 2014

What is this worth?

Junk Gypsee
by Junk Gypsee
I think this is an Egyptian Art Nouveau lamp?? It's brass on heavy metal with carved ebony. The top part, (white) is porcelain. It's 27" tall and the cord is the original one...translucent green. 250 watt capacity. It doesn't have a shade and that's what I'm trying to determine: How much do I put into the shade based on the worth of the lamp itself. It will be for sale once I know it's worth.
I don't know that much about Art Nouveau but with a friends help, she identified the period and style. The photos aren't good because they were taken with my died....I thank you in advance for your replies!! xoxo
what is this worth, home decor, repurposing upcycling
what is this worth, home decor, repurposing upcycling
what is this worth, home decor, repurposing upcycling
  7 answers
  • Lad222353 Lad222353 on Jan 23, 2014
    Not sure of the value. Hard to tell from pictures but you can take it to an antiques dealer for an estimate. Just let them know you want it for personal value not to sell it (even though you are planning to sell). If they think you are trying to sell to them they will low ball the value. I would probably go with a round angled shade (wider at the bottom) in black in scale to the lamp to accentuate the black in the base. HTH

  • Welch Creative Lighting Welch Creative Lighting on Jan 23, 2014
    I agree with everything "lady" said. Definitely a black shade. I think this lamp is gorgeous! I couldn't part with it if it were mine!

  • Junk Gypsee Junk Gypsee on Jan 23, 2014
    I thank you for the advice too Welch...and I am super happy that someone in the lamp business loves it too. I had black in mind and was going to add Egyptian trim resembling the ebony on the top and bottom of the shade. (in gold) Understated trim. What do you think?

  • Terri Terri on Jan 23, 2014
    Actually, this may be a specific form of decoration, known as Egyptian Revival. It's somewhat related to Art Nouveau but is much more rare. You certainly found a beautiful piece, and maybe a valuable one too! Best of luck.

  • Lad222353 Lad222353 on Jan 23, 2014
    That sounds nice but be careful how much money you invest in it if you are planning on selling it. While adding the trim can make it seem a better match to the lamp the additional costs could potentially eat into any profits and some people prefer plain which could narrow your customer base . Sometimes simple is best.

  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Jan 23, 2014
    I did a simple eBay search for Egyptian Revival Lamp and came up with this: Are there any markings under the base? If you had a bit more info (like a manufacturer), you might get more specific results with a more accurate idea on pricing. It is lovely - I have a soft spot for all things egyptian :) Good Luck!

    • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Jan 24, 2014
      @Jennifer G Thanks for the link, Jennifer. I have a copper Nefertari figural lamp that I didn't realize was Egyptian Revival. Found several similar but not the same. Very enlightening.

  • Patty Patty on Jan 24, 2014
    Are there any markings on the lamp, numbers or initials. I would try to find it in a book and see what kind of shade it had and buy a reproduction. A lot of times if you don't have the right shade buyers won't pay your asking price, chances are they will know it is a reproduction, but it is what goes with the lamp. If you plan on keeping the lamp then buy what you like. It is a beautiful lamp.