The best of the pedestal lamps are naturally those of faithful period styles because they are the best designed, but there is nevertheless an almost bewildering array of attractive things of modern origin.

A word of caution has already been given as to the appropriate employment of period lamps, and one would think that flagrant and evident incongruity would naturally be avoided. Yet we recall a photograph of a particularly ornate lamp and a frivolous bust ornamenting (f) a bulbous Jacobean table in a dignified Tudor hall. Pedestals of simple classical style will accord with Georgian furniture and often with the corresponding classical periods in France and Italy.

The Empire pedestal lamps with frosted and cut glass shades and suspended prisms are excellent and too well known to need illustration.

The wooden pedestals are generally of simple contour, being based on the good old eighteenth century Classic, and are among the best reasonably priced lamps for sitting and bedrooms (Plate 110 D). Being, however, so frequently used, they need a rather unusual but appropriate shade to give them originality.

The wooden pedestals may be painted and decorated. For rooms in the "modern" style they are excellent in strong colours, striped around the turning in black, deep blue or white and with shades to match.

Pedestal lamps sometimes have an accompanying figure as has one of the charming little boudoir lamps illustrated (Plate HOB).

Among modern things are pedestal lamps which have been more or less based on period styles but which are sufficiently non-committal for use in most situations (Plate 109 B).

Various Designs

It would scarely be fair to apply the word novelty to many of these lamps, because while they are unusual they also possess dignity and value. The central example of the group of three Chinese lamps (Plate 107) where a figure is employed as a base, is of this character. So also are others in which dainty western figures, Chinese Foo dogs and other objects have been utilised in the same way.

Wrought iron standards are of excellence when well designed.

The writers recall a handsome brass affair where the base was a pan, with feet, from the centre of which arose a plain standard branched for three lights under a metal shade and with a lifting handle at the top. This would be very good for a library or living-room of strong, dignified character.