A late 19th century, Chinese, blue and white, bottle shaped antique table lamp. The lamp decorated in the distinctive traditional Chinese New Year style. A rich cobalt blue "cracked ice" ground with plum blossom, reserved in-the-white.
This decoration in traditional China was displayed at the festival of New Year and symbolized the ice giving way to spring. This New Year design was often presented as a New Year gift. The lamp seated in a custom made, gold plated bronze base in Chinese style, the cap of gold plated bronze. The lamp shown with an ivory silk shade suggestion.
"Blue and white wares" are known in China as "qīng-huā". This translates as "blue flowers" and refers to white pottery and porcelain decorated under glaze with blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide.
Blue and white has always been a timeless favourite with decorators and works particularly well with the freshness of yellow. Of interest, blue is the most popular colour in the world and it’s also the most popular colour for men.
Production of this type of porcelain began in the early 14th century in the city of Jingdezhen, sometimes called the porcelain capital of China.
Guangxu Emperor - Circa 1900
Overall height (including shade) 22"/56 cm approx
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