D090 A Very Fine Quality Antique Chinese Red Lacquer-Ware Accent Lamp - Circa 1900

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.
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"/43cm 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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