"Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance." John Franklin
A rare and very desirable, mirror image pair of elegant 18th Century, Chinese export, Qianlong reign, baluster shaped antique lamps. The lamps tastefully decorated in a restrained underglaze, cobalt blue and bright overglaze Famille Rose palette of enamels.
The shoulders of the lamps with wide underglaze blue bands of cell diaper and flower heads. The lamps delicately painted with a bright palette of polychrome enamels with subjects of elaborate flower filled vases, sprigs and flower heads, moths and garden insects. In the symbolism of Chinese decorative art, a basket of flowers represents Lan Ts'ai-bo, one of the Eight Immortals and the patron saint of florists.
The flower filled vase panels, in-the-white and framed with underglaze, cobalt blue bands of flower heads. The principal vase panels divided by side panels painted with large underglaze, blue floral devices and polychrome sprays and sprigs of summer flowers - please see the detail shown.
The lamps seated in polished Chinese stands and fitted with custom made, matte gold plated lamp caps. The lamps shown with a pleated, navy blue, silk shade suggestion. A mirror image pair of beautifully understated, 18th century lamps.
Qianlong Emperor 乾隆 - Circa 1770
Overall height (including shades) 24"/61 cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications