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An effortlessly elegant, mirror image pair of Chinese, mid 19th century bisque, Sancai, lustre glazed, elegant ladies in Kang Xi style, as antique accent lamps or task lights. Sancai refers to the traditional three colour combination of glaze colours used, yellow, green and aubergine.
The slender ladies each holding a fan and wearing the traditional, 17th century, Manchu Qipao robe which was loose fitting and reached to the ankles. It was this form of robe which eventually evolved into the tight-fitting cheongsam, extending below the knee with a high neck.
In traditional China, married women usually wore their hair up with coils or in a knot at the nape of the neck. These ladies are depicted as married women with the hair style known as Yisao with buns tied at the sides of the head.
It was the 17th century, Dutch East India Company who first imported Chinese porcelain into Europe. The Dutch fell in love with Chinese porcelain and by the late 17th century were importing vast quantities of the beautiful export ceramics of the Kang xi reign.
Many pieces were decorated with rather tall, elongated figures of Chinese ladies, which the Dutch promptly named “Lange Elizas”. This name in 18th century England became “Long Elizas”.
This very elegant, mirror image, pair of 19th century Sancai ladies are modelled on these 17th and 18th century Long Elizas. The ladies standing on custom designed, maple wood, Chinese table stands, lacquered in sealing wax red. The lamps shown with a yellow silk shade suggestion. The detail illustration taken from an 18th century Chinese scroll painting "a Long Eliza at ease".
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, on a desk, as buffet lamps, on a side table or just a favorite spot!
Xianfeng Emperor - Circa 1860
Overall height (including shades) 22"/56 cm approx
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