These lamps truly are as classy as the photos, and having looked around in high-end stores, I can say that anything comparable in a retail store would cost hundreds more. I like the rectangular shape of them, which could go with anything from contemporary, to art deco, to (in my case) midcentury. The bases are solid marble, and the lamps weigh it! I was astounded at how heavy they are. Don't think of putting them on a flimsy table. The linen shades are beautiful, and the packing was well-thought out. The only reason I didn't give them five stars is because when I first set them up, I noticed that they didn't look symmetrical. The metal base at bottom seemed to stick out to one side more than the other, and the lamp shades didn't seem to sit absolutely level with the body. Given the very precise-looking design, this unevenness stuck out like a sore thumb. I was despairing over the choice of keeping them anyway or paying to ship back these very heavy lamps. But after a bit of fiddling, I found that the metal bases were held to the marble with friction. Same with the top part of the lamp. And so I was able to shift and align the parts (which likely had gotten knocked out of alignment in shipping.). They still have a few bits of unevenness, but now it's not so noticeable. And the lamps look great. It's amazing what a difference some nice lamps will make to a room.