Autumn, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom. - John Burroughs
An impressive pair of very decorative, mid 19th century Japanese Edo era, Ko Imari antique lamps of pear shape, ( Yō nashi katachi ). The lamps decorated in a subtle palette of Japanese Imari colours, iron red, underglaze cobalt blue and sky blue. Japanese decorative art is highly symbolic and the decorative subject chosen for these lamps is no exception.
The lamps painted with falling autumn maple leaves delicately highlighted in gilding. The decoration including "seigaiha" or waves. This is a repeated pattern of layered concentric circles creating arches, symbolic of waves or water and representing surges of good luck. It can also signify power and resilience.
The rims with wide bands of iron red lappets outlined in cobalt blue frames. The lappets painted with stylised flower head subjects. The bases of the lamps painted with a border of shaped iron red reserves painted with stylised flower heads, framed in cobalt blue.
In traditional Japanese society the maple tree has been an ancient culturally significant symbol for hundreds of years. It has played an important part in Japanese art, gardening, ceramics, literature and poetry with examples dating from the 12th century. Maple trees are considered a symbol of grace, associated with peace and serenity.
Maple trees represent balance and practicality and are called "kito" in Japanese, which translates as calm, rest or at peace. Throughout the autumn season the hills and mountains turn bright red, yellow and orange with the trees displaying their brilliant autumn colours.
The Japanese Edo or Tokugawa period is the period between 1603 and 1868. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. The period came to an end with the Meiji Restoration of 1868.
The porcelain produced in the Japanese Hizen region was referred to as Imari, which was actually the name of the port from which the porcelain was shipped. Imari ware produced during the Edo period, (1603–1868), is referred to as Ko Imari or old Imari. One lamp with a slight craquelle glaze.
The lamps seated in lacquered satin black, lotus shaped stands. The lamps fitted with matte gold plated lamp caps.
Edo Period/Tokugawa - Circa 1850
Overall height (including shades) 27"/68.5cm
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications