Several months ago, I spotted this pair of gold and white lamps at a thrift store. I liked the shape of the lamps (notwithstanding the ugly bases), and the gold and white "drippy" appearance of the colors was beautiful and versatile. I also was surprised to find a pair- it really is rare to find a pair at a thrift store. They had hideous shades with fringey trim, probably from the 1950's or so. Originally marked $49.99 for the pair, they had been marked down to $24.99. I decided to go ahead and take them home. At the time, had they been $49.99 I would have passed on them.
On the way home, I started thinking about them and wondered if maybe they could be Murano. I decided to do a little research and see what I could find. Apparently there are lots of Murano reproductions or replicas that don't have much value. I really wasn't too worried if these had little monetary value, because I had bought them for $25, and I liked how they looked.
After reading a bit about Murano glass, I decided to check out the market on 1st Dibs. I went through a page or so of Murano lamps before finding this:
This lamp is the same as the pair I bought at the thrift store. It has a new shade and a lucite base on it, but otherwise, it was just like the lamps I found. And it is $1,800 for the single lamp. A pair is definitely worth more than the sum of its parts, so I won't even guess what my $24.99 lamps are worth!
I went back to my lamps to look for a Murano sticker, and I found it on one of them. It was very faded, but that oval sticker was exactly what I needed to verify that they are the real deal. For a moment I thought about selling them, but I decided that they would be perfect in my dining room.
Keno Brothers and purists, cover your ears... The lamps with their original bases and hardware were just too granny-looking for me to use. They really needed a makeover. I saved the original parts and bases in case I do ever decide to sell to a collector, but for my own use, I wanted them to be updated and look appropriate in my home.
First I carefully removed the wiring and neck and took the lamp apart.
I decided that the 1st Dibs lamp look so much more modern with its lucite base, so I decided to use lucite on mine as well.
My sweet husband drilled a hole in the center of the base for the cord. I couldn't have done that myself- it definitely took some strength to drill through the heavy lucite and make a straight hole.
I attached the lamp to the lucite base with screws and started re-wiring it.
Almost there! Little man helps me with all my projects.
I added black linen shades and decided to use the original finials.
Don't the lucite bases make such a difference?!
It's nice to find a good deal every now and then! Good thrifting finds are becoming rarer and rarer, unfortunately. But one find like this keeps me going back for the 10 times when I find nothing. Have you had a good find lately?