A delightful, little, mid-19th century, Chinese, bottle shaped antique accent lamp, or task light. The lamp enamelled in a rich sang-de-bœuf glaze known to the Chinese potter as a Lang Yao glaze. The lamp seated on a custom made, square shaped, maple wood, Chinese table stand. The stand lacquered in Chinese sealing wax red. The sang-de-bœuf glaze complimenting the red lacquered stand. The lamp shown with a black, silk shade suggestion.
Sang-de-Bœuf is a French term which translates liberally as “oxblood”. A rich, red glaze colour, the effect produced by a method of firing that incorporates copper oxide and fired in a reducing atmosphere. This glaze was developed in China during the Qing dynasty, although discovered much earlier probably during the reign of the Wanli Emperor (1573–1620).
The process was, at first, very difficult to control, with these early examples today, being very rare. It was not until the reign of the Kang Xi Emperor (1661–1722) that the sang-de-bœuf glaze was finally mastered. Sang-de-Bœuf was widely imitated in Europe, especially in the French Sèvres porcelain factory, which produced a substantial amount especially in the late 19th century.
Accent lamps are designed to produce a mood, a look or feel in a room, rather than providing a major source of light in a space. In general, an accent lamp is a relatively small lamp, with usually no more than a maximum height of about 20"/50cm including the lamp shade. Accent lamps also serve as decorative accents within a room. The lamp with a 25w lamp holder.
Xianfeng Emperor - Circa 1850
Overall height (including shade) 18.5"/47 cm approx
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