We purchased two of these lamps. They are truly beautiful and an excellent addition to our house. However, there were some minor inconsistencies.
These are handmade, sturdy welded lamps with a black finish powder coat. They have a dimmer switch on the base and use a standard bulb. The base switch could be difficult for some, but are fine for us. The shades are an art glass that has been slumped and drilled. They are not blown glass. As a result, the edges are not rounded, but have a courser, cold worked edge. The hole in the shade had some very minor chipping that can’t be seen when installed.
The welding was overall excellent. However, ours seemed to have been welded by two different individuals. One had cleaner run welds, while the other looked a bit more spot welded. This will not be noticeable to most people.
In the picture, the base appears to have an almost even floral shape. It is, in reality, a slightly amorphous shape that is half floral and half round. At first I thought this might be an error until I noticed it was identical on both. It is intended to appear as an organic base, but could use more consistency of the floral wave all the way around. It is, frankly, the only critique in design.
The actual lamp hardware was inconsistent between the two lamps. On one, the fitting was tight, and the shade installation was as easy as installing a bulb. On the other, the fitting moved within the lamp base, and it was hard to remove the flange, which seemed to have been cross threaded when it was installed. A small chip of plastic did break off when I tried to carefully remove it to put the shade in place. However, the shade was still secure when I screwed the flange back down. This has not affected the lamp overall, but was a minor quality control issue.
The packaging left a bit to be desired. The shades were extremely well packed and padded, but the bases were each loosely packed in two boxes that were taped together. While the bases are extremely sturdy and can withstand a great deal of abuse, one lamp did suffer a minor scrape in its powder coating due to the poor packaging and shipping. It was also a bit awkward for the delivery personnel.
Finally, it would be nice if ATG would offer the ability to customize these lamps. Stone Country custom makes these for ATG and ships directly from their workshop. If you order directly through Stone Country, it costs over $200 more for these lamps, but you can customize them with different base colors, accents and different lamp shades. Considering that we wanted the black and burgundy, I couldn’t justify spending an extra $250 for an additional iron accent. However, that option would be nice.
Overall, these are great lamps that I would definitely purchase again. The issue with the lamp hardware and scrape on a fixture of this price means I cannot give them a perfect rating. However, they are well worth the price to have truly unique lamps.
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