WILLIAMSBURG®, Period Lighting join to produce historic collections of lighting fixtures
The WILLIAMSBURG products program has licensed Period Lighting Fixtures Inc. to create several collections of handmade reproduction lighting that capture the beauty and individuality of Colonial Revival design. The product, which will be marketed under four distinctive collections for the WILLIAMSBURG Reserve Collection brand, will include reproduction lanterns, post lights, sconces and chandeliers inspired by fixtures that were designed by restoration architects during the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area in the 1930s and 1940s.
Fixtures in the Duke of Gloucester Collection are derived from designs admired for years by visitors to Colonial Williamsburg and were borrowed from a host of period design sources. The lanterns in the Williamsburg Taverns Collection reflect the distinctive proportion, scale and elegance of Georgian architecture found in Colonial Williamsburg’s four operating taverns. The Governor’s Palace Collection represents the best in 18th-century design and taste, echoing the British interest in Chinese design through the use of symmetry and spare, clean lines. The Williamsburg Chandeliers and Sconces Collection reflects the design influence of America’s English ancestry through simple shapes that work beautifully with 21st-century home décor.
Period Lighting Fixture’s designs are made entirely by hand from sheet copper and tin or hand-turned wood in the same manner as colonial craftsmen. Lanterns are available in three finishes—Weathered Copper, Natural Copper and Wrought Iron. The collections range in price from $300 to $1,500 and currently are available through the Period Lighting Catalog.
“The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation selected Period Lighting Fixtures Inc. to create this special WILLIAMSBURG Reserve Lighting collection because of the company’s unfailing commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship,” said Bonnie Penney, WILLIAMSBURG product manager for lighting. “Period Lighting currently reproduces fixtures for several prestigious museums across the country making each piece by hand from their workshop in Clarksburg, Mass. There simply is no other way to achieve the fine detail and distinctive quality that is unique to their product.”