Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cleaning is BORING

We have information on the lamp.  See comment 8.

We are resting while Mom is cleaning.  She wonders why if there are "self clean" ovens why there aren't "self clean" houses. Hahahahaha, how silly is that?

We were wondering if anyone knows anything about this lamp?  It has been in our family since it was new, it belonged to Mom's Grandparents, then her Aunt and now us.
It is lovely, and has beautiful starched lace on the dress & there are no chips.
There are no markings, although the bottom is covered with felt and Mom doesn't want to remove or damage it.
Prudence & Sissy


  1. Prudence & Sissy I agree with mom - I wish my house could clean itself, especially of the dog hair... haha Want to come help me clean mine?

  2. Hahahahahaha - Oh Miss Tabitha, we only MAKE messes, not clean them. (o:

  3. Welll...Prudence and Sissy...if your Mom is as wise as I think she is...she will realize that she has a very nice piece of the past indeed! I wish I knew more...however...I do know something good when I see it! :)
    You two ARE being good...aren't you?
    I hope your weather there is as nice as it is here!

  4. Hi Miss Mona,

    We are being very good girls. And today Mom gave us the job of trying to find out more about our lamp, actually there are 2 of them.

    They are lovely and Mom agrees, it's part of her family & their past. Mom says her family and their history is very precious.

    Our weather is awful - very, very HOT & HUMID.

    BIG hugs to you from ALL OF US.

  5. Thanks for popping by earlier today Joyce. I know what you mean about cleaning...I've told hubby he can take over when he retires it will give him something to do and keep him out of my hair...or should that be mohair! LOL!
    Sorry I can help you with your pretty lamp.
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

  6. Hi Miss Sandi,

    Mom is "cleaning" & asked us to write. Tee hee, that is funny "keep him out of my mohair". Giggle.

    Big Hugs & thank you.
    Prudence & Sissy, and of course ~ especially Mom.

    Oh, Mom went to Fairy Name Generator, her name is TANGLE RAINBOWFLY - we laughed till our stuffing hurt. She just gave us "the look".

  7. Oh boy, Mom got really annoyed with us calling her Tangle Rainbowfly.

    Prudence Clearwater is Fidget Reedglitter.

    Sissy Clearwater is Feather Iceglitter.

    Okay - that's that. No more.

  8. This was sent to us from Mom's friend in California.

    "Lucky you to have two of those gorgeous lamps.
    The technique is called lace draping. I have actually done just a wee bit of it. You start with a greenware piece like your lady, and then you take pure cotton laces (only pure cotton or silk will do) and you soak them in liquid porcelain. Then you stick them to the green figurine. Yours has lace just around the sleeves, but some pieces have entire skirts etc done this way.

    You then take the piece carefully to the kiln and fire it. It gets very hot of course, and the cotton lace burns away to nothing, but leaves the porcelain it was dipped in, so the lace you see on your piece is actually real porcelain. The piece is then glazed and all of the painting done. It is really a tricky process, because if you get too much porcelain on, it can be too heavy and the entire thing can run and warp and collapse, If you don't get enough, then when the lace burns away so does the too thin porcelain and you end up with holes in your piece. And it is VERY fragile when you are working on it. The glaze helps strengthen it, but all in all, it is still very delicate. Especially if you have lace sticking out around the edge of a skirt, for instance where it is sure to get bumped. Like these below. The technique is really called Dresden Lace, as that's where it originated. I love them, and when I was a child had a lamp base of a young girl, with just a bit around her sleeves and bonnet, a lot like yours. You don't see it as much any more, only in antique shows and auctions or ceramic shows. I used to work for a ceramic mold company that was started back in the 40's and they had a lot of molds for use in this technique. And the best lace drapers were all back in the 50's. Alberta's had a huge glass case full of samples that I used to stand and drool over. Even ladies on swings under big arbors that were all porcelain, with tons of handmade porcelain little roses over it. You just don't see that kind of stuff any more!"


Thank you for writing, I love to receive mail and comments on my posts. Thank you for dropping by and have a most blessed day. Hugs, Prudence