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Info on Barsony:

Highly collectible Barsony black lady lamps come in many different forms and were once a part of the modern retro household, before losing favour and being relegated to the garage and the attic. Here they gathered dust until the retro rennaisance gave them a high value to the collector.

The more unusual pieces, particularly nodders, have been attracting the highest bids on Ebay, while a recent glut of the more common figure lamps, like the ballet dancer have seen prices fall dramatically.

The most highly prized are the head and figure lamps, where a scantily dressed black lady is detailed in predominantly bright red and white.

If you are considering listing a Barsony lamp and do not have the original shade, list it as is. It can be a mistake to add a shade just for the sake of having one as it will detract from the appearance – and a dedicated collector can spot the difference

Barsony ceramics was an Australian ceramics manufacturing company operated by George and Jean Barsony from the ealy 1950s to the early 1970s. Their factory was located in Guildford, near Sydney. During peak production the company had many employees at their workshop and ran shifts to meet the demand for their products.

Barsony Ceramics also produced items under the Silver Cloud and Venice labels and it is believed the bname Silver Cloud was named after a horse that belonged to Jean Barsony.

Barsony produced many forms of slip mold household decor items, which included candlesticks, figurines, lamp bases, ashtrays, wall hangings, bookeneds, figure vases, bowls etc. Ashtrays were often attached to ornamental figures as utility items as they attracted a lesser tax in this form.

Barsony used prefix markings on their products, for example, F, FL, GL, H, HL, L, U, T, V, followed by a number. The letter marking identied the type of product e.g. H stood for head ( a bust), HL stood for head lamp (a figurine that formed a lamp base), V meant vase, L meant lamp and so on. The number that followed was the mold number.

Most Barsony products carry this mark, although there are a few exceptions that have no markings.

Although better known for their matt black finishes, Barsony also created in lustre, brown and white finishes.

The plastic ribbon shadeplastic ribbon shade was definitely the most popular shade, but Barsony also used a variety of other materials; raffia trimmed with thin, velevt ribbon, white ribbon with a gold fleck etc. The original plastic ribbon shades are among the most often found survivors.

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Some of my babies (in amongst the clutter of my old house *sniff!*)