G047 A Large Chinese Jar Shaped Blue and White Lamp, "Cracked Ice" - Circa 1870

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A large, 19th century, Chinese jar shaped antique lamp of impressive proportions.  The lamp with its original high domed cover.  The blue and white lamp well decorated in the traditional Chinese New Year style.  This particular decoration was traditionally given as a New Year's gift at the Chinese New Year festival with its message of spring and new beginnings.

The language of symbols pervades all Chinese literature, painting, and thought.  There are two levels of communication in China, the practical function of speech and writing and the symbolic meaning that hides just beneath the surface, and this large blue and white lamp is no exception to this rule.

The cobalt blue colour represents the frozen ground and is broken up by branches of plum blossom flowering on old wood.  The symbolism here speaks of the winter’s ice giving way to the welcome arrival of spring. 

The principal decoration, with its spreading branches of plum blossom, is the last of the four flower emblems.  It symbolises winter and long life because the blossom appears on leafless branches.  The delicate pink plum blossom with their five petals also epitomize beauty. 

"Blue and white" designates white porcelain decorated underglaze with cobalt oxide.  Production of this type of porcelain began at Jingdezhen, sometimes called the porcelain capital of China, in the early 14th century.  The lamp seated in an outstandingly fine quality, antique Chinese, 19th century, polished, hard wood stand.  The lamp shown with a pleated, navy blue silk shade suggestion.

Tongzhi Emperor - Circa 1870

Overall height (including shade) 28"/71cm approx

Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications

The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.


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