Waterly worlds to sit on the table with fish that never need feeding. “Aquarium” oversized table lighters, carved, painted and assembled by Ben Shillingford for Dunhill. 1949-late 1950’s.

Table lighter. 1950's.
Table lighter. 1950’s. Lucite panels decorated with fish with chrome plated metal mounts. Cast retailer’s mark. Engraved with the registration number 737418. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/1950s-dunhill-aquarium-oversized-table-lighter-made-england-chrome-lots-fish/id-f_12203863/
Deep blue water aquarium table lighter. Vintage.
Deep blue water aquarium table lighter. Vintage. Carved and painted lucite panels with gold plated metal mounts. Image © 2019 The Rake. Fair use license. via https://therake.com/rare-by-oulton-vintage-gold-plated-dunhill-deep-blue-water-aquarium-lighter.html
Aquarium table lighter with green water and silver colored fish. 1950's.
Aquarium table lighter with green water and silver colored fish. 1950’s. British. Carved and painted lucite with metal mounts. Image © 2019. Antique & Vintage Furniture Wimbledon. Fair use license. via https://www.wimbledon-furniture.co.uk/products/super-rare-1950s-original-dunhill-aquarium-table-lighter-hand-made-in-england/
Electroplated and Lucite “Aquarium” table lighter. Curved rectangular form, electroplated mounts and four Lucite panels, the lighter mechanism stamped “Dunhill”, the sides deeply engraved and painted to resemble a three dimensional tropical aquarium, one side featuring two exotic silver fish, the other an orange and silver striped fish, all swimming amongst water plants and rocks against a blue and green ground, with similar end panels. ca. 1950. Maker’s marks: the base stamped “Dunhill Lighter’ and ‘Made in England.” Image © Bonhams 2001-2023. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/28269/lot/12/dunhill-an-electroplated-and-lucite-aquarium-table-lighter-circa-1950-base-incuse-stamped-dunhill-lighter-and-made-in-england/

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