Beautiful Lamp! You are one lucky treasure hunter. Here is what I would do:
First: check to make sure that all the wire-ing is in good shape. If not, replacing it is the first thing to do
Second: re-furbish the base and neck - I would use "RUB AND BUFF
" - its a miracle product.
Not much surface prep needed (if any at all). It comes in a variety of colors, but it can be hard to find, so I'd get it
here's some info: http://www.bigceramicstore.com/supplies/NonFiredCoatings/RubnBuff.htm
Lastly, I would work on making cool lampshades. Your best bet would be to create a frame out of a medium gage wire
and paper mache/decopage several layers of tissue paper over the frames. Reds, oranges and pinks would look great &
I'll bet you could even make lily flowered shaped shades rather easily. One BIG NOTE of CAUTION
...... test out the
shades while you are at home & leave them on for a while to make sure they don't catch fire. I would use low -watt bulbs.
hope this all helps! I would love to see pictures when your done!