Pair 19th c. Italian “Portapalmette” Urns converted to Table Lamps

AGE: 19th century
DIMENSIONS: 7.5” diameter x 18.5” h (to base of socket) and 31” h (to top of finial)
MATERIALS: Wood, metal
CONDITION: Very good; newly wired; surface chips and a few cracks


A pair of 19th century Italian carved wood urn-shaped “portapalmette” altar objects converted to table lamps. The silver leaf finish has a rich old patina. Because these portapalmette (palm frond holders) sat on the altar, the backs were not decorated.

Lamps are fitted with ivory linen shades (15” diameter x 10” tall) and vintage metal finials. New wires and 3-way sockets.

Per request, the wire can be tacked to the backs of the lamps for a cleaner look.