Angel lamp

A lamp which attests to of the arrival of electricity at Amalienborg in 1892, when Christian IX’s Palace was connected to the mains.

The story behind this lamp isn’t known, but it is a curious example of a creative use of the new possibilities which opened up with the spread of electricity. Electric light not only made it possible to light places more strongly than had been possible with candles and oil lamps, it also meant that it was suddenly possible to turn the sources of light sideways or downwards, whereas they previously could only be directed upwards.