Rita Convertible Hurricane Lamp - 32.5 cm Diameter - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Glass
The versatile pewter and glass Rita Convertible Hurricane Light, handcrafted by artisans in Italy, can support both pillar candles and single candlesticks.
Placing a candle in a hurricane is a safer option when placed in a high traffic area such as a coffee table in the middle of a living room, or buffet or other gathering, casting a warm and lovely glow for all to enjoy.
The origins of the hurricane, a flame surrounded by a glass guard to create a light shielded from drafts and winds, is said to date from 18th Century British India, where they were called “shades” or “India shades”. These were tall glass cylinders which stood on the table in which a candle or cocoa-nut oil lamp was placed. In the wine drinking days of British rule, it was considered a challenge, or forfeit, for men to drink a shade filled with claret!
It is speculated that the term “hurricane lamp” evolved as the shade became more popularly lit by paraffin instead of candle (paraffin being cheaper than candles), and calling it a “lamp” was more fitting, especially after the Swiss physician Francois-Pierre Aime Argand invented the Argand lamp, which became the standard for hurricane lamps.
These days, the popularity for hurricane lamps lit by candles has meant the term is synonymous with candles once more.
The Rita Convertible Hurricane Lamp, by Cosi Tabellini, is evocative of the early 18th Century shades, but we wouldn’t recommend it as a vessel for claret!
Size: Height 32.5 cm
Weight: 1150 g
Materials Used: Pewter, Glass
Designers: Alberto Tabellini & David Reiss
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100% Lead Free
All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.
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