“Thank heavens they invented electricity, otherwise we'd be looking at television by candlelight” Tommy Cooper
A large, mid 19th century Chinese antique table lamp of fine quality. The tall baluster shaped lamp fitted with its original dome shaped cover. The lamp decorated in a delicate Famille Rose palette of coloured enamels.
The borders of the vase shaped lamp and cover enamelled with a cross hatched pattern on a pale pink ground. The shoulder of the lamp beautifully painted with a complex design of elaborate lappets, incorporating the use of a rose pink and Clair de Lune enamel to great effect.
The principal decorative subject being a tall, Chinese vase filled with peony flowers, magnolia buds and flowers and large daisy-like garden flowers.
Chinese art is highly symbolic and the peony flower in Chinese symbolism is one of the four flower emblems and signifies summer, love and affection. The magnolia flower is the symbol for female beauty. The flower vase signifies the maintenance of peace, one of the hundred antiques used throughout Chinese decorative art / spirituality.
The lamp seated in a custom made gold plated bronze base. The lamp shown with a pleated, mushroom pink, silk shade suggestion. This is an outstanding 19th century lamp with a well balanced, finely painted decoration.
Table lamp lighting offers a range of benefits.
A. Functional table lamp.
B. An antique work of art.
C. A constant visual pleasure.
D. Lamps can be selectively placed to provide a softer pool of lighting, accentuating and complimenting the décor and “feeling” of a room.
Tongzhi Emperor - Circa 1860
Overall height (including shade) 24.5"/62 cm
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications