Overall, I was a little disappointed in the lamp. When I first saw the lamp shade, I realized how dark it was. Then, the base and "stem" of the lamp were quite dark in the finish--not the light antique brass look in the picture. Then, the threads where the finial screws on are very thin and will probably break off or crosss thread in short order. There was quite a wobble with the shade after screwing the finial on and after some adjusting and playing with it, I worked most of it out. However, the change came when I put 2 light bulbs in. It morphed into a beautiful piece. Although when lit, it still is not quite as light blue as the picture indicates and the base still looks too dark. It is a really pretty lamp, though. I was hoping to use the lamp in my den on a side table for reading, but I don't think it's bright enough. All in all, it's still a pretty lamp, just not quite as depicted and not what I really wanted. I will probably keep it turned on more than off and may have to move it and use as an occasional lamp.