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.
Please note: 100% of the fair market value of such lamps is in the shade with the quality and detail of the painting significantly influencing the value, both then and now.