D096 A Decorative Pair of Contemporary, Chinese Cinnabar, Bottle Shaped Lamps

“Red protects itself.  No colour is as territorial.  It stakes a claim, it's on the alert against the spectrum.”
Derek Jarman 1942-1994 Artist and Writer

A decorative pair of contemporary, Chinese cinnabar lamps of bottle shape.  The cinnabar deeply carved in reserve with floral subjects of peony and chrysanthemum flowers and foliage.

The ground carved with flower head and tendril panels.  The long history of Chinese culture has produced a great number of original and distinctive artistic styles and one of these is Cinnabar lacquer ware.

Quickly recognized by its distinctive red colour and sometimes referred to as sealing wax red, cinnabar has been used artistically in China for over 1000 years.  The lamps seated in Chinese black lacquered bases, the lamp caps black lacquered.  The lamps shown with a black silk shade suggestion.

The Colour Red
In both traditional China and in modern China, the colour red has a very significant symbolism which has developed over China's long history.  Red is still today the symbol of prosperity and happiness.  It also signifies expansive, dynamic, enthusiastic, reaching upwards, good luck, celebration, happiness, joy, vitality and long life.  The Chinese interior always includes “something red”.

Overall height (including shades) 22"/56 cm approx

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

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