I’ve been doing a little happy dance the past two days, since I know – even though my senses haven’t registered it yet – that we’re heading back towards summer (eventually) and light … light …. light!!! I don’t really mind the cold during the winter (except on those 30 mph windy days), but really struggle with the darkness, and, now, just the knowing that there’s a little light in the long tunnel towards spring makes a big difference.
I do enjoy candlelight dinners all winter long, but often the candles aren’t quite bright enough, and we’ll supplement with oil lamps and the gentle glow from Lafayette lamps. What I’m hoping is that someone out there in the blogosphere will know something about these lamps. Here’s a picture:
These were my grandmother’s, and I’m thinking they’re some kind of Art Deco lamps ….. maybe from the 20’s? I’ve always loved these lamps, and as a kid, I thought the figures that glowed in front of the lamps were angels. My mother just recently mailed these guys to me, since she knew how much I loved them, and she told me that one of the “Lafayettes” had come loose from the base and just needed to be glued back in. “What’s a lafayette?” I asked and then learned those figures I thought were angels were Lafayettes! And, well, now that I look at them, I guess there is an uncanny resemblance to drawings of the Marquis de Lafayette.
I’ve googled my little heart out, trying to find some info on these lamps – just out of curiosity – and can’t find a thing. So, gentle readers, is there anyone out there who can shine a little light on the background of these lovely lamps?
Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!