Ribbed Pendant Lamp Made of Bone China
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Article Number 88259
Large. Shade (height 27.5 cm, Ø 19 cm) Made of bone china, canopy made of porcelain. Textile cable (length 1.35 m). Weight 1.95 kg. Porcelain socket E 27 (max. 60 W). Delivered with material to fasten the lamp. Comes without a bulb.
Of Light and Shapes.
Porcelain in general and the even more translucent bone china, that complex mixture of kaolin, feldspar, silica sand and more than 50% bone ash developed in the 18th century in England, is used especially for ornament purposes. The ornament can be controlled by varying the thickness of the material or by altering the refraction by folding. These are characteristics Peter Bowles can use. In addition to the immediately visible, substantive design of the bone china objects a second gestalt effect emerges when the source of light in the lampshade is turned on. In contrast to the cream coloured shape in the unlit state, the lampshade becomes a rich yellow with clearly identifiable outlines when the lamp is lit.
Whether the so-called pleated lamps follow a whim of Peter Bowles or pick up on the design of the often pleated classical lampshades made of silk is secondary. The effect displays the ribbed lamps, which spaciously surround the bulb with their convex shapes, in a uniquely beautiful way: since the ribs are not parallel but arranged to suggest something agreeably proportioned and round inside, the range of thickness of the walls is considerable and the degree of penetration of light yet more manifold. At the same time, these BTC lampshades focus the light downwards, for instance on a dining room table.
British, in Detail. Lamps from BTC.
Lamps made by BTC (= British Timeless Classics), in the vicinity of Oxford, have attained the status of timeless classics. The creative spirit and driving force behind the firm is Peter Bowles, who pursues his very clear idea and just as clearly realises his agenda. The process starts with the manufacture: Bowles wants to produce lamps that are British down to the level of detail. For example, the bone china-lamp shades come from a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, known as the "the Potteries" because of the almost 500 potteries that used to be located there. Almost all are gone today and the firm, which also belongs to Bowles, would not exist except for BTC. He took it over when it was on the brink of bankruptcy and has restructured it while keeping all the employees. The hand-blown glass domes come from a glass blowing shop in Worcestershire which Bowles also bought. In addition to domes for lamps, the shop produces coloured glass windows for historical buildings and churches. A handful of glass blowers with their two small smelting furnaces practice the methods of glass blowing and uphold the once famous English tradition of this trade. The British manufacture of the lamps extends to the cables, too. Bowles was dissatisfied with the plastic wrapped cables on his first lamp, so he used a locally produced cloth wrapped cable from a clothes iron for his exhibition piece. The reaction was so positive that he has used cloth cable since. They are locally produced near the firm in home-based work.
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