Reverse Painted Dome Shades
with standard top holes
The advent of electricity in the early 20th
century brought a new art form: table lamps with reverse painted shades.
Artistic scenes were hand-painted on the inside of translucent glass shades with
as much care as if done on a canvas. The images could be most appreciated when
illuminated. Reverse-painted lamps were originally marketed for the upper middle
class and wealthy clients. Almost all of the value of such lamps is in the shade
with the quality and detail of the painting significantly influencing the value,
both then and now.