Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mounting Ancient Oil Lamps


Mounting Ancient Oil Lamps

Ancient oil lamps come in many sizes and shapes and are made from different materials. Typical materials are terra cotta, bronze, silver, ceramics, etc. The styles and origins can include; Persian, Greek, Chinese, Judean, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, etc. Many of the terra cotta oil lamps have a nozzle, pouring hole, and a handle. Typically, these are mounted from underneath with a metal or acrylic armature to properly support it safely. Most look nice on a slight angle down with the nozzle at the lower end. 10-31 Inc. has been custom mounting oil lamps for over 25 years and makes a very nice stand for these pieces. This gives the lamp a nice smooth custom fit and (for metal armatures) you can paint the metal to match where it touches the oil lamp so it blends without distraction.

Another alternative for mounting oil lamps is to do it yourself. Art Display Essentials has stock “spider mounts” that can be used for that very purpose. They come in a basic “X” shape. You can bend the arms up to cradle the oil lamp from below, and then you cut off any excess metal that is unnecessary to hold the piece safely. This will give it a clean look. If you like you can paint the arms the same color as your lamp to get a nice blended and non-distracting look. You can see these “spider mount” options here:


 

Oil Lamp Holders
 

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 Art Display Essentials also has an acrylic stand for smaller oil lamps which can be seen here:


 

Oil Lamp Holders


 The larger oil lamps, including the ones made of metal, may or may not work with the stock armatures depending on size, shape, and weight. However, a custom mount can be fabricated by 10-31 Inc.

 

Some oil lamp types:



Ancient Mediterranean oil lamps, Persian oil lamps, Greek oil lamps, Egyptian oil lamps, Roman oil lamps, Athens oil lamps, DelphI oil lamps, Parthenon oil lamps, Jewish oil lamps, Jerusalem oil lamps, Byzantine oil lamps, Christian oil lamps, Holy land oil lamps, Chinese oil lamps, Islamic oil lamps, Hindu oil lamps, Daroma oil lamps, Jerash oil lamps, Nabatean oil lamps, Herodian oil lamps, Menorah oil lamps, Samaritan oil lamps, Indian oil lamps.


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