My shop lately has been embracing all styles and periods, fabrics and finishes and I could not be happier in the blend. Take for instance this beautiful pair of Italian lamps that are part of my new inventory.
I give you three guesses as to how these came about. Nope, try again....... Close, but not quite....... Nope, give up?
These lamps were made from salvaged 19th century, hand carved fragments (perhaps even 18th century) of an old catholic church in Italy. These were originally the pedestals on which saint statues rested. When the church was demolished, the saints were removed but the pedestals left behind until they were rescued. They have since been converted into lamps with new wiring and french braided cords. Original paint and chippy gesso and original signature on the back which I can't quite make out. Look at the exquisite details! These fragments are absolute relics to be treasured.
I can picture these beautiful Italian lamps on either side of Brooke Giannetti's bed in her home.
Or on sidetables next to this beautiful swedish sofa from Tara Shaw as shown on Indulge Decor Blog.
Juxtaposed with these old 19th Century Italian lamps is this contemporary, and rather eclectic, gold leaf dining table from the late New Orleans furniture designer and artist, Christopher or Chris Maier.
Chris Maier was a talented artist whose work was (and continues to be) sought after by collectors throughout the U.S. Gilded in gold leaf (as was Maier's signature style), this dining room table was a custom piece, not to be replicated. It bears clean and simple lines adorned with swags on each of the four legs. The gilding was sealed so that there would be no problem using it as dining room table.