I have seen quite a few victorian crown lampshades over the years. This particular victorian crown shade was different from most of the vintage shades I see. The center of the shade wires were not arched and the center shade was pleated. The structured pleated center gave the lampshade a more modern look.
The lampshade fabric was starting to get brittle and weak. The fabric was splitting when you touched it.
I had a consultation with my customer and suggested that the shade did not need the pleated center. All knife pleated shades I have seen, have been manufactured. To order the “Sunburst” pleated center for one shade would be extravagant. I did not visualize the straight vertical wires looking different than any of the other contoured victorian lampshades I have restored.
I removed all the fabric from the lampshade and restored the shade with an ivory charmeuse silk, attached the crown and took a look at the shade. As I have said, most victorian crown shades have contour to the center wires. This frame was very straight. Something was missing.
I just could not let it go! I had purchased a piece of “Fortuny Pleated Silk Chiffon” a while back, when I had the chance. Pleated Silk Chiffon is a sheer, delicate fabric. “Fortuny” means the pleats are not structured. The pleats kind of have a mind of their own. The finish is beautiful and a rare one of a kind lampshade finish.
My customer was kind enough to share pictures of the lampshade with the beautiful ceramic lamp base he restored in remembrance of his Mother. Many Thanks!