The Cat and the Fiddle, Empire Shade
£49.50 – £74.00
A unique, hand-printed and coloured lampshade telling a story. Available in 15cm x 15cm drum format, 20cm x 20cm drum format or empire format (25cm bottom and 20cm top x 20cm).
Choose your characters. Bespoke options are also available.
Stands are shown for illustration purposes only. They are available separately here.
Watch the Stories Unfold …
The Cat & the Fiddle
Mr Frog & Mr Rat
Three Ways to Ride
Frogs Reach for the Sky
A unique, hand-printed and coloured lampshade telling a story. Available in 15cm x 15cm drum format, 20cm x 20cm drum format or empire format (25cm bottom and 20cm top x 20cm). Bespoke options are also available – if selected, we will contact you on receipt of your order to discuss your choices.
The Country Child’s Co. makes lampshades which are a joy for grownups and children. They hold a story, the images stand alone but also connect into a story which children can dwell on as they rest in bed.
The lampshades are individually hand printed, assembled and coloured on Dartmoor. In keeping with the one off, hand finished nature of production, each shade is unique with variations in printing and colouring.
Each shade comes with a label on a ribbon with a story line to spark your own story, and is delivered wrapped carefully in acid free ph neutral tissue paper, in an eco delivery box.
A bespoke service is also available, allowing you to choose the fabric and specify the colouring of individual parts of the design.
As handmade items, each shade will vary in printing and colour shading. Minor blemishes are possible and colours may change slightly in time. To clean the lampshades, simply dust gently with a clean dry soft brush.
Our drawings are reworkings of images originally drawn by R.C. Caldecott. The lampstands shown in our photographs are not included in the price, although may be purchased on enquiry.
From the suppliers of our lampshade components:
The frame has been designed to fit any UK fitting (Bayonet Cap B22) or European (Edison Screw E27). It comes with a clever little converter plug which enables it to work with both fittings.
Lampshades with our PVC-based products will be fire resistant. Our PVC material has been tested in the Lighting Association Laboratories and has passed the glow wire test.
Fabrics, Textiles or Paper that is laminated to our PVC will become fire resistant.
We recommend the use of low energy bulbs with your lampshades. They use less energy and are cool to the touch,
The self-adhesive lampshade panel has been tested in the Lighting Association Laboratories and has passed the glow wire test which is The British Standard for Luminaries.
Advice for choosing a bulb:
A major yet often overlooked aspect of lampshade selection is safety—specifically, heat generation in relation to shade size. Higher wattage bulbs generate greater amounts of heat and require more ventilation, which means larger or wider shades must be used. For example, for a 60-watt bulb, there must be at least 75mm of space between the bulb and the backing of the lampshade. Very simply, the higher the wattage, the larger the shade.
Below is a simple Heat Ventilation Guide so you can determine the wattage for your lampshade:
Bulb Size/ Wattage Critical Radius
0-25 Watts/ 25mm
26-40 Watts/ 50mm
41-60 Watts/ 65mm
61-75 Watts/ 75mm
76-100 Watts/ 90mm
101-150 Watts/ 130mm
We recommend you use low energy bulbs and that will reduce the risk of heat generation.
15cm Drum Shade, 20cm Drum Shade, Empire Shade