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Rare Handel Bird Lamp with hand painted base


  • Handel table lamp has reverse painted shade with brightly colored parrots in orange, yellow and blue with jungle foliage all around.
  •  Front of shade features two parrots roosting on a limb while the back of the shade features another parrot in flight.
  •  Shade is signed on the interior rim “Handel 6874”.
  •  Shade rests on a Handel oriental style base with a raised decoration of various flowers on the front of the base all of which are hand painted with colors of white, blue, orange and mauve.
  •  Back of the base has a small spray of flowers near the bottom, also brightly painted. Base is signed on the underside with applied cloth tag “Handel”.
  •  SIZE: Shade 18″ dia. Lamp 23″ t.
  •  CONDITION: Shade is very good to excellent. Base is very good to excellent with some minor chips.


Handel Lamps

Philip Handel joined in partnership with Adolph Eydam in 1885 to form the "Eydam and Handel Company" in Meriden, Connecticut. When this partnership dissolved in 1892, the remaining company was relocated to larger facilities and was thereafter known as "Philip J. Handel" and then as "Handel and Company". "The Handel Company" originally incorporated on June 11, 1903 with Philip J. Handel, Albert Parlow, and Antone Teich as the primary officers. Philip J. Handel married his second wife, Fannie Hirschfield Handel, in 1906, and she became company President upon Philip Handel's death in 1914. She would remarry (Fannie Handel Turner) in 1918 and managerial control of the company soon passed to William F. Handel, Philip's cousin. The immediate post World War I period was one of tremendous growth and profitability for The Handel Company. However, the economic slowdown of the late 1920's and resulting Great Depression had a devastating effect on company fortunes. By 1929, most production had ceased, and manufacturing ended all together in 1936. In Handel's hayday, they produced many types of high quality lamps which are in high demand.

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