Victorian Tiles, Lights, and Ornaments

Brilliant tiles, lighting and ornaments.

The Silas Robbins House wears Victorian finery inside and out, from the lacy iron cresting on the roof to a gilded mirror hung over a carved marble mantel. The restored inn inspired a search for these authentic beauties to embellish entry door, fireplace, and ceiling.

IN EXQUISITE DETAIL
Patterned on a period Renaissance Revival pattern, the forged-brass ‘Grande Victorian’ entry set with oval knobs (or lever handles) is from House of Antique Hardware. Complete set in antique finish.

HURRICANE PENDANT
Founded in 1924, Summit makes, decorates, and assembles lighting in America. Their large ceiling pendant has a pretty hurricane shade: hand-painted blue roses on amber-glazed opal cased glass. (Also available with red roses, and as a “Gone With the Wind” lamp.) Sold by The Mine

FOR FIREPLACE & FOUNTAIN
Find tiles Victorian through Contemporary from this specialist in decorative and field tile for fireplaces and architectural applications. Drawing on companies like Low, Trent, and American Encaustic, they have an extensive collection of moulds and glaze formulas including bright, glossy crackle glazes. L’Esperance Tile Works.

CEILING WATERFALL
For smaller spaces, the ‘Zelda’ tiered “waterfall” fixture is in the style of early electric crystal chandeliers. Six embossed and filigreed metal bands are hung with crystal U-drops. Shown in nickel over brass; also available with a lacquered brass finish. It’s 14″ wide, 19″ long, with 3 bulbs. King’s Chandelier.

BEAUTY ABOVE
Petitsin is a line of pliable compo ornaments; the RMF 2002 Neo-Classical Corner is French, Rococo, or a transition to Nouveau and Deco. It’s 33″ on a side with a 3/4″ projection. J.P. Weaver.


Tags: Hardware light fixtures OHJ December 2017 tiles Victorians

By Patricia Poore

Patricia Poore is Editor-in-chief of Old-House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes, as well as editorial director at Active Interest Media’s Home Group, overseeing New Old House, Traditional Building, and special-interest publications. 

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