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How to determine if your shade is hand painted?

How to determine if your shade is hand painted?

I came across this great article and wanted to share this information with my followers. Information is key to knowledge, they say! If that is true this article will assist both novice and collectors to reverse hand painting and hopefully make you all fall in Love with the process like we did!
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How to determine if your shade is hand painted?

History:
The art of painting glass lamp shades was developed in Europe around 1730’s. Common themes include patterns, floral, collages, and landscapes. Painted shades could use acrylics, watercolors, or oil based paint. Early tradition placed the painting on the exterior of the shade. In the late 1890’s a new style of reverse painted was popularized by Philip J. Handel.
Example of Handel Style Lamp 






















Other painted shades include tam, student shades and fonts. After the paint is applied the shade is fired in a kiln at over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Firing the shade fuses the paint with the shade for durability and longevity. An easy way to determine if the paint had been fired is to use an eraser and gently rub the paint. Paint that has been fired in a kiln will not rub off.


Example of Hand Painted Shade 










Example of Hand Decorated (Decal) Shade 
To determine if the shade has decal or hand painted decoration requires close examination. Painted shades have the paint texture applied to the shade. Decals are almost perfect and the repetition of attributes is uniform. In other words, the images have no flaws and every leaf, pedal, or cherub is exactly the same. Skilled glass painters can create images of near perfection.  There maybe a subtle difference between each leaf and the subtleness provides .



Example of Hand Decorated (Decal)
 Shade












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2 Comments to How to determine if your shade is hand painted?:

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Chetan on Monday, October 26, 2015 11:34 AM
Awesome painting! is it hand paint or digitally done? Congratulations.
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Rina on Saturday, March 19, 2016 4:25 AM
To figure out whether the shade has decal or hand painted beautification requires close examination. Painted shades have the paint surface connected to the shade. Decals are verging on flawless and the redundancy of traits is uniform. At the end of the day, the pictures have no defects and each leaf, pedal, or angel is precisely the same. Talented glass painters can make pictures of close flawlessness. There perhaps an inconspicuous distinction between every leaf and the nuance gives. Thanks!
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