A very fine quality, antique, Chinese export, red lacquer-ware antique accent lamp, or task light. The lamp of sleeve shape and deeply carved in reserve with five clawed Imperial dragons on a ground of waves and thunder clouds.
The reserves, front and reverse, separated with flower head and tendril panels. The long history of Chinese art and culture has produced a great number of original and distinctive artistic styles and one of these is lacquer-ware. Quickly recognised by its distinctive red colour and sometimes referred to as “sealing wax” red, lacquer-ware has been produced artistically in China for over 1000 years.
The Dragon is a symbol derived from ancient tradition. This celebrated Dragon symbol ranks first among all Chinese symbols. The five-clawed dragon was reserved for the Emperor from ancient times until the end of the last dynasty. This well proportioned accent lamp seated in a Carved Chinese stand, with a black lacquered finish.
The lamp fitted with a custom made gold plated bronze cap. The lamp shown with a custom made black silk lamp shade. The lamp wired for a 25w lamp holder.
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 has a long list of symbolic attributes including good luck, celebration, happiness and long life. The Chinese interior always includes “something red”.
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 name “accent lamp” is derived from the word “accentuate”, meaning to emphasize something, or to make something more noticeable. Accent lamps, by example, can be used on a writing desk, a mantle piece, or side table.
Guangxu Emperor - Circa 1900
Overall height (including shade) 17"/43 cm approx
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