Antique Corbel Lamp

December 9th, 2010 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Architectural detailing, like these corbels, are works of art.

Long forgotten elements are reimagined.
Varying surface textures and tones.

Main components:
Beautiful, antique corbels and a perfectly rusted sewer grate.

The shelf brackets I hacked up with a Sawzall. After experimenting with the appropriate placement, I welded them to the steel grate.

Crowned with a silk shade and green, marble finial.

A hole was drilled into the joined corbels. Then a section of rusty pipe was inserted to become a stem for the light socket.

In the early 20th century this beautiful Bakelite switch was manufactured right here in Connecticut. The fabric cord adds vintage charm. (The cord is new...just looks old)

Architectural detailing, like these corbels, are works of art.

Architectural detailing, like these corbels, are works of art.

Photo: Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2010)

Here’s a case in point of the Junker's philosophy to repurpose an element that is distant from its original intent. With a rusty grate as its foundation, a pair of hand-carved, antique corbels are joined together to form the body of an architecturally elegant lamp.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (Copyright 2010)
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Comments (21)

Psn4clr writes: Love! Posted: 6:36 am on January 30th
LisaLoria writes: Very cool Jim. I wouldn't part with it either.
I have LOADS of old plugs/cords/sockets, trying to never throw anything away and re-use every bit.
Too bad you are on the opposite side if the country.
I'd let you dig through them.
Posted: 7:16 pm on February 25th
stinky4kids writes: I love lamp! Especially if it's made by you. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 8:20 pm on February 1st
cowbootie writes: You are a genius! Your architectural abilities are coming through loud & clear in this piece. Great balance. Posted: 8:36 pm on December 30th
KMcG73 writes: Simply amazingly fantabulous! Posted: 2:55 am on December 15th
shabbychick writes: Jim...I loved old corbels before - you've given me a whole new appreciation for their use! Another beautifully clever work of art!

Thanks for sharing!


Posted: 6:58 pm on December 14th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Wow, I had no idea what this was in the first pic, This lamp is pure genius. Your creative thought process is amazing! Love this! I actually have a couple of log corbels that I have been saving..for something I don't know what...could I commission you into doing your magic on them!?! Posted: 12:18 pm on December 10th
RustyDiva writes: Very cool lamp Jim. I get a sweedish vibe from it - don't know why - maybe it's the colors. How cool that you get to be creative all day long!!!! You're good at it and it shows in your work.

Kenda Posted: 9:17 am on December 10th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks Tami! It's picking up the pieces and imagining. I don't need another lamp, although I'm keeping this one. My day job is creative too so my mind never stops. The switches are vintage and I find them at garage and estate sales. I really lucked out with this's mint. The cord I purchased at a lamp store that was closing. I think I may have started something with this particular design.

Thank you for appreciating my latest creation.

Happy Holidays!
Jim Posted: 8:16 am on December 10th
LittleRedHen writes: You are an inspiration! I love your pieces! Is it picking up a piece and imagining what it could become, or is it a need for - a lamp - and collecting pieces to produce it?

I hope that I can get you to disclose where you are getting your cords and switches from. I am "anal" about cords - can't stand seeing them. They're not pretty! Love your cords and switches! Cough it up - where do you get them from! :)

Tami Posted: 7:33 am on December 10th
OLDcrowAntiques writes: Awesome use of those corbels! Going to clone your lamp as soon as we find some suitable ones! Posted: 6:45 am on December 10th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM.
WOW you have great amaganation.Putting that together is stunning Jim great job you are driving the Ladies crazy over your work,keep it up GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 2:19 am on December 10th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes:

Very cool and unusual piece, Jim! Corbels for just holding shelves up?!? What was I thinking...
Posted: 1:00 am on December 10th
oldnews writes: A beautiful work of art - it's fabulous! Marie Posted: 10:40 pm on December 9th
alicemom writes: Oh my Jim! you put the vaaaavoooom back in the light!Totally super-dooper!!
smiles, alice Posted: 7:52 pm on December 9th
MimiToria writes: Ingenius... Posted: 4:41 pm on December 9th
Bec4 writes: Fantastic Jim, and I am guess heavy enough that kids playing ball in the house can't knock it over! Posted: 11:49 am on December 9th
SnowmanHill writes: Super cool! I love old floor grates, I use them for table tops. This lamp has such a great shape to it. Thanks for sharing.

dana Posted: 11:04 am on December 9th
suewhitney writes: Whoa stuff my friend! It goes quite well with my color scheme.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 10:57 am on December 9th
georgiamoon writes: Oh yeah...One more thing. It looks stunning in that window! Geo Posted: 10:56 am on December 9th
georgiamoon writes: Jim, I want to tell you that I have been a VERY, VERY good girl this year...maybe better than ever before. Whaddaya think about putting that ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS lamp into old Santa's sleigh and sending it on over to California??? Hmmm , not going for that one are ya? If I were you I would never let that baby outta my hands either. It is the classiest piece of junk I have EVER seen. Can you tell I love it? Georgia Posted: 7:53 am on December 9th
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