"I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china". Oscar Wilde
A very pretty, mid 19th century, Chinese, blue and white, baluster shaped antique lamp. The lamp with a cracked ice ground with two framed ogival shaped reserves or eight sided reserves.
Chinese decorative art is highly symbolic and can be readily read and interpreted. The cracked ice decoration and prunus blossoms symbolise the frozen ground giving way to the joyous arrival of spring. With the addition of the singing bird, the decoration is known as “The Heralds of Spring”. The reserves painted in underglaze blue with birds perched in stands of garden flowers.
The lamp set in a matte gold plated ring and seated in an antique open work Chinese stand. The lamp with a custom made, matte gold plated lamp cap. The lamp shown with a French navy, silk lamp shade suggestion.
"Blue and white wares" known in China as "qīng-huā" which translates as "blue flowers" and refers to white pottery and porcelain decorated under the glaze with blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide.
Production of this type of porcelain began at Jingdezhen, in the early 14th century. Jingdezhen is known as the porcelain capital of China.
Xianfeng Emperor - Circa 1860
Overall height (including shade) 19"/ 48 cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications