A Meiji era, Japanese Imari, antique lamp with a delightful Japanese subject known as karako, or children at play. The lamp decorated in a wide range of traditional Imari colours, Iron red, underglaze blue, turquoise and aubergine, pale green and apricot.
Many of the Imari decorative styles were derived from 19th century Japanese Kimono fabrics which can be clearly identified. The decoration gilded. The decorative subject of small children plus water and fish, a theme certainly not unique to 19th century Japanese children, in fact, a universal subject!
Three small children dressed in traditional costume, fascinated by a large water filled bowl and Koi fish. The shoulder of the lamp painted with suspended swags of flowers and foliage, birds in flight and butterflies. The reverse side of the lamp painted in full with flowering chrysanthemums in burnt orange, iron red and gilding.
The lamp seated in a polished, antique Japanese Chrysanthemum base, the Chrysanthemum being the national flower of Japan.
The lamp cap of custom made, gold plated bronze. The lamp shown with a pleated, rose pink, silk shade suggestion.
The Meiji period, or Meiji era, denotes the period in Japanese history during the 45-year reign of the Meiji Emperor from 23 October 1868 to 30 July 1912. Meiji means Enlightened Rule. A very lovely lamp in beautiful condition.
Emperor Meiji - Circa 1880
Overall height (including shade) 23"/59 cm approx
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