"In old time we had treen chalices and golden priests, but now we have treen priests and golden chalices". Preached before the Queen's Majesty 1609. Bishop Jewell 1522 -1571
There is nothing like the polished sheen on antique treen, lovingly polished with bees' wax for the past two hundred plus years. Over this long period of time, a rich patina is produced. This patina can never be successfully reproduced except as a result of elbow grease, wax and time!
A classically proportioned pair of handsome late 18th century, English mahogany baluster shaped antique lamps. The lamps decorated with finely reeded double girdles. The lamps on short socles and standing on finely turned, stepped circular bases. These elegant, understated baluster shapes were very often turned by 18th century English furniture makers.
The lamps pictured with pleated Brunswick green and burgundy silk lamp shade suggestions. The lamps with bronze, matte gold plated lamp caps. These late 18th century mahogany lamps have some minor blemishes to the polished surfaces.
Technically, 18th century shapes of this style are referred to as "treen". Treen is a generic name for the small to medium, functional handmade objects made of wood. Hence treen is distinct from furniture, chairs, tables etc.
The very word is antique! and is, in fact, a middle English word from the 13th century, when treen meant tree or wood. The word is still in common use to describe small antique objects made in hand turned wood. Wood, of course, being the major raw material for common domestic objects with turning and carving being the key skills.
George III - Circa 1790
Overall height (including shades) 20"/51 cm approx
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