C033 A Very Fine, Tall 19th Century Chinese "Clair-de-Lune" Lamp - Circa 1870

"I only know two pieces one is 'Clair de Lune' and the other one isn't"   Victor Borge

A very beautiful, 19th century, Chinese porcelain, monochrome lamp.  The tall lamp of Rouleau form, the term Rouleau was given by the French in the 18th century, the Chinese name for this shape is bang chui ping. The lamp evenly glazed in a fine clear Clair-De-Lune ground colour. The lamp with in-curving shoulders, with a tubular neck encircled with a bow-string band, terminating in a galleried rim.

The lamp standing on an imposing, square shaped, Rococo ormolu base.The square base designed with elaborately moulded draped curtains.   It was the French of the mid 18th century who introduced the beautiful combination of ormolu and Chinese porcelain to the aristocratic demand for lavish interiors.

Ormolu is an 18th century term describing the technique of applying finely ground, high-karat gold to an object in bronze.  The French refer to this technique as bronze doré,or, gilt bronze, a term which is still used to this day.   The bronze ormolu bases used for mounting Chinese vases were of the curvaceous Rococo style, the style which so influenced French 18th century art. 

Much favored throughout this lavish decorative period, was the combination of ormolu and monochromes i.e.; single coloured Chinese porcelains.  This is a stunning lamp, true to the mid 18th century, French high Rococo period.  Overall weight is 5.7 kg / 12.5 lbs.  The lamp shown with an ivory silk shade suggestion.

As seen in World of Interiors

Tongzhi Emperor - Circa 1870

Overall height (including shade) 34"/86cm 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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