Based on a sketch provided by Kemble Interiors, a pair of these Directoire* floral lighting fixtures was designed & hand-built by Michael Krauss of Authentic Designs. Once sketches and prototypes had been approved by designer Heidi Bianco at Kemble Interior, we got to work.
The leaf detail was hand cut & raised using a vintage hand-operated beading machine. The brass substructure was spun on the lathe in our shop, and curves were created on a beak-horn stake. All details were hand cut, and much of the raising work was done on 19th-century equipment. All colorizing was done in-house, including application & sealing of the verdigris color.
* Note: Regarding the period and style of the design, we have heard it variously described as Directoire (1790-95) Regency / Empire (1800-1815) and Neo-Classical. Our handy go-to guides (including a helpful timeline of lighting history from This Old House) have proven . . . inconclusive on the matter. So we hereby “crowd-source” the question to our internet readers: please let us know your thoughts! You can reach us at email@example.com
For some time now, we here at Authentic Designs have been creating custom fixtures for various decorating, design and architectural firms, in addition to our catalogue of hand-built lighting fixtures. Some of these lights are quite contemporary, and some use unique, one-of-a-kind architectural elements, which we have incorporated into the new designs. As seen above, from left to [...]