A typical order from a designer or retailer took between 75 and 90 days to complete. In the later years almost all of the brass came from India.
For the most part, none of the bodies were made on site. Marbro was well-known for importing a variety of unique lighting components from all over the world.Italy was the source for alabaster, Japan and China for Porcelain, Brass in India and Crystal from Germany and France. Lamps would also be made from sculptures that customers brought to in to the shop.
Once the lamp bodies arrived, a group of Marbro employees would make the wood bases, spin the metal caps, make the shades, and do the painting and tinting. With the help of about 20-40 other true world class artisans, metal workers, finishers and hand made shade makers, they produced lamps and shades that were truly some of last of their kind of art. For example, Marbro brass was never just plain brass. It was stained with a tinting that was homemade and kept secret by the company which is reminiscent of the Handel Lamp Co.
There were quite a few of these preparations all kept in one of those little metal boxes on a 3x5 file card just like a recipe. It was truly a unique method of making lamps. Many of the lamp bodies that the company bought were not exactly matched as pairs.
All of the shades were made by hand by a group of women on the second floor of the building with very little automation. The manufacturing plant was closed in Los Angeles in December 1990 and the inventory and equipment were moved to LaBarge Mirrors in Holland, Michigan. At the time LaBarge Mirrors was a Masco Corp subsidiary. Some time later, the Marbro product line was discontinued. Marbo assembled a very talented, experienced and unique group of artists and craftsmen and many of their fine lamps exhibit a certain unique signature style.Most of the employees were in their 50s and older. There were quite a few employees in their late 60s and 70s. Today their lamps are collectible and sought after especially by certain knowledgeable collectors who are familiar with the company's lamps and history. Many of Marbro lamp are commonly referred to as Hollywood Regency style. This rather lavish style of decorative arts is currently in the midst of a tremendous and accelerating revival.
It is obvious from the company's careful selection of art objects and their unique proprietary methods of lamp making that their goal was to design beautiful unique and very high quality lamps. Their success is obvious from the very fine collectible Marbro lamps that are still sought after today. Marbro lamps present a particular appraisal challenge due to their very unique style and market conditions.
Generally, there are fewer collectors of Marbro lamps as compared to many other lamp companies of the 1900 - 1950s era. This in no way devalues your lamp but implies a special category of a more limited number of buyers and collectors.
Their lamps were considered very exclusive and definitley high end for that period. Today the Hollywood Regency style is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity and Marbro lamps are rapidly rising in value. The item "Vintage Pair MARBRO Chinese Cloisonne HOLLYWOOD REGENCY Table Lamps Mid Century" is in sale since Saturday, February 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Lamps, Lighting\Lamps\ Electric\Table Lamps". The seller is "kylescrossroads" and is located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.