Antique Lighting History
The Renaissance Revival Period
The Renaissance (French for "rebirth") Revival
Period, 1860 -1875, includes various Italian Renaissance Revival and
French Renaissance Revival styles. The Renaissance Revival style is based
on the architecture of 16th-century Renaissance Italy and France, with
additional elements borrowed from Ancient Greek and Roman and Egyptian
architecture. During the Renaissance Revival style there were two separate
phases which were popular.
The first phase, or the First Renaissance
Revival, was from about 1840 to 1885, and the Second Renaissance Revival,
which was characterized by larger and more elaborately decorated buildings,
was from 1890 to 1915. Due to the expensive materials required and
the elaborate style, Renaissance Revival was best suited for public and
buildings, and very grand homes for the wealthy.
Many of the Renaissance Revival Antique gas lights and
sconces have natural motifs, animals, and trophies, pillars, and human
faces. This period
of antique lighting also is of a more rectangular construction and
has the appearance of the massive forms. Straighter lines were also prevalent
as were incised lines, angular scrolls , portrait medallions, and bronze
or porcelain mounts/canopies.
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