lamp TV Lamps: Curious Mid-Century Lighting

by:EME LIGHTING     2019-12-04



















People of some time may remember TV lights, decorative lights that proudly reside on the top of a home TV set.If not, then one of these strange things may have been passed on to you by your parents or grandparents.Whether you belong to one of these camps or are completely in the dark (pun intended) on this subject, I will tell you about the TV lights, A curious fashion from the 1950 s.What are these things?TV lights are electric lights, usually ceramic, but sometimes plaster or metal, specially designed to project light on the back wall, rather than providing general room lighting.Given the number of styles produced and the number of companies that produce them, TV lights are clearly very popular.However, despite this, the heyday of TV lights is only about 12 years.The earliest examples of TV lights can be traced back to about 1950, just as TV began to appear in American families.The traditional interpretation of TV lights shows that they are a product of some kind of pseudo-product.Designed to protect the eyes while watching the new-TV.The general idea is that the strong contrast between the light from the TV and the darkness around it is harmful to the eyes.So the TV lights come to rescue and spread the dazzling light by throwing a lovely light on the wall behind the TV.I say this is the traditional explanation, because after collecting and studying TV lights for nearly 15 years, I have found little or no evidence to confirm this at all.In my childhood home, we didn't have a TV light, and in the years that followed, my parents admitted they didn't remember them at all.Anyway, I don't have the first one.Learn about TV lights from "back to day" hands.My doubts about my eyesThe premise of destruction is based on the ephemera at the time, pottery catalogues, advertisements, etc, and nothing else except decorative indicates that they are something else.Interior design and general art in the back-The American War is often influenced by the exotic feelings our soldiers find overseas.The Oriental theme and the jungle animals enter the carving form of the TV lights, some finished in beautiful semi-finished productsTransparent singleColor glazes and other glazes present a more natural look in a carefully painted color.as did.Animals such as horses, deer, fish, swans and wild ducks are very popular, but the panther is clearly the king of this ceramic jungle.The most popular TV lamp design was the long, low, tracking Panther designed in the Haeger Potteries (Dundee, Illinois) in the 1940 s.Ironically, Haeger sold this Panther as a decorative statue, but never as a TV light, and the other, which we call "creative ", the pottery blatantly turned it into an iconic example.century style.Almost all American potteryS.And some countries in Canada and even Japan produced TV lights in early 1960 and 1950.But, as with most pragmatism and art pottery, the largest number comes from California.Big outfits like Lane & CoMaddux in California and Originals in California have launched thousands of products to do their best to meet their needs.Lane & Co.Particularly prolific, it seems to fit heavily into the spirit of the TV lamp design, creative design in the form of flamingos, pink poodles, sailfish, Cocks, and even a sweaty HoundThe Van Nuys-based company is one of the largest ceramic producers in the United States.S.Today, however, we know almost nothing about the company's history.It can be said that the wider group of pottery collectors did not show much love for Lane & Co.But where TV-light enthusiasts are worried, they are right near the top.The other end of the California pottery spectrum is the TV light and other items marked "claes.These attractive works of art are scarce and valuable, but their origins have not been known until recently.My research on these interesting lamps eventually led me to find that they were designed by Leland Claes, a reclusive artist from Turlock, California.Leland Cors (1916-2000) in the late 40 s and early 50 s, Arthur Bauer designed pottery for the first time on his ball Art vessel, and after he left designing for Brad Keeler, he replaced HowardAfter that, Leland began working for himself in the desert workshop in the Morongo Valley, California.It looks like his design is by William H.Hirsch Mfg.Co., As is often suggested with the style of grid marking on the fixture.Of course, there are ceramic manufacturers all over the United States.S.It includes pottery in North Dakota, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas and Texas.The most famous is a dazzling array of salt and pepper shakers depicting wildlife in the area, but their TV lights are the most valuable.How valuable is it?A few years ago, their cock lights sold a good example for an amazing $3550.00.They also released TV lights in the form of Panthers, horses, pheasant, deer and wolves, all of which are likely to bring $1000 or more to the auction.As a life-Long Texan I \ has generated personal interest in Texans imported products, a large manufacturer based in Bangs, a small town in West Texas.TV lights are an important part of their production, and their beautiful Siem Reap cats are essential --There are collections.Sometimes marked with combined, bangs, textures on the felt base, they can be more easily identified by relief textures found in most examples.This shows their prolific designer, Howard krone (1914-1991), who has been responsible for most of their products over the years.Collecting TV lights can be a real obsession and I can't tell you I know how many people's homes are packed with them.You were warned!When determining the value of a TV light, you have to consider three things: visual appeal, conditions, and rarity.When I say visual appeal, I mean an interesting topic, whether it's a beautiful wild duck in flight, a pair of pink poodles, or a cleverly rendered blackGo with the light that makes you smile.Never underestimate the role of conditions in value.The maximum applies only to examples where there are no chips, cracks or repairs, and even those tiny chips that are sometimes called "flea bits" do not apply.There is a pattern of surface cracks on the glazed finish, called "crazy", which may appear on a part or all of a vintage pottery, which in the case of a TV lamp will not damageNote that even a small chip can reduce the value of the lamp to 20% of the other values.tvlamps..
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