Home Lighting Decor: Quoizel Lamps and Mica Lamps

Your home lighting dΘcor is as important to the overall look of your home as your furniture. Quoizel and Mica lamps offer a unique accent to each room you use them in, and between them they offer designs suitable for any type of modern or retro home decor. Before discussing specific lamp designs, let's first have a look at why lamps are so popular in homes, and have been since the days of the early settlers right up till now.

Home lighting dΘcor is a fairly new concept, because candles and then oil lamps have generally been regarded through the ages as the forerunners of today's light switch and bulb! When you see these movies about the old west with their electric lights it's largely false -  the Edison Electric Light Company only started in 1878, and Billy the Kid died in 1882!

It is only over the last century or so that lamps became part of home decor rather than essential lighting. They did not have Mica or Quoizel lamps in these days, although such forms of lighting attracted the attention of artists and designers, with some coming to  specialize in them as an art form.  One of these was Louis Comfort Tiffany, the glass art studio as opposed to Tiffany & Co the jeweler.  Tiffany applied his artistry to designing stained glass lampshades, including his famous 'Drapery glass' designs.

Quoizel  Lamps

Quoizel Lighting was founded in New York in 1930, and is now located in Charleston, SC.  Some Quoizel lamps are based on original Tiffany designs, the remainder being designed by the company's own artists. You have a wonderful choice of beautiful stylish designs, the porcelain bases being genuine Lenox, with 24-carat gold banding and detailed piercing and embossing.

The genuine brass on Quoizel lamps is hand polished, and the fabrics use for the shades are some of the finest sourced from Europe. You can choose from a wide selection of base and shade designs and styles at Patterson Furniture. If the Tiffany style attracts you, each shade is made from individual hand-crafted pieces of glass, although you also have a wide choice of  original Quoizel shade designs on real Lenox porcelain.  This famous American china company has worked with Quoizel to produce beautiful lamps available only from the company's dealers.

Mica Lamps

We also offer an excellent selection of Mica lamps. In business for just over 20 years, the Mica Lamp Company is based in Glendale, California, and crafts lamps from  mica flakes, shellac and metals. If you prefer the metallic look to porcelain, then Mica lamps will be ideal for you. The Mica Coppersmith Collection is particularly beautiful, crafted from solid copper and hand driven copper rivets.  A rich patina is then applied to give the item a natural appearance.

The shades are crafted using a combination of shimmering mica and beautiful shellac - a translucent resin secretion from the insect kerria lacca. The result is a wonderful lamp offering a pleasant glowing light that will fit in with any type of decor - retro or contemporary.  Because of the way they are made from natural materials, each shade is unique in the way its color tones and mineral deposits vary.

Patterson Furniture offers a wide selection of Mica lamps, predominantly with copper bases and fittings, although the Mica Lamp Company also offers collections crafted from hand forged black iron. The copper lamps are available in a choice of six different finishes, although the Lantern 1900 series bucks the general trend.

Lantern 1900 is a recreation of a  lamp discovered during the renovation of a school in New York state.  The lantern was discovered on a series of buildings of 1880-1890 vintage, and used as the basis of a number of reproductions in lantern and chandelier form. The materials used are from the 1900 era, and the methods used in their construction are those employed at  that period in time.

These lamps are as authentic to the period as possible, with genuine hammer marks and fashioned using period steel rivets. The 'Black Fire' finish is also authentic to the period, and you can choose from a number of finishes and mica lens colors.

While Patterson Furniture offers a fabulous selection of beautiful Quoizel lamps and authentic Mica lamps, we also offer lamp collections from other houses such as Frederick Cooper, Theodore Alexander and Sedgefield.

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