Gone with the Wind Ball Shades were the darling of the Victorian era. These lamp shades are most remembered for their large round shape. The generous proportions of these shades produced a plentiful and dramatic light. Memorable in appearance these Gone with the Wind Ball Shades were often the primary focal point in a room. These shades were frequently adorned with large hand painted flowers, most often roses, on muted backgrounds. The majority were used on large Gone with the Wind Lamps, parlor lamps and banquet lamps. Most have a 4" bottom fitter. However sizes and neck shapes can vary:
Matching an old lampshade can be quite difficult. The colors or flowers never seem quite right. Most times the best solution is to look for a lampshade with either a harmonizing background color or a similar decoration. Mix and match combinations are far more popular than they use to be. A lampshade which is mis-matched to the lamp base adds a sense of style.