"The elephant’s a gentleman.” Rudyard Kipling
A decorative and very large pair of contemporary Chinese, elephant leg shaped lamps. The shape known in Chinese as Xiang Tui Ping. In the symbolism of Chinese decorative art, this shape stands for strength and prudence. The lamps with a monochrome Moonlight, celadon glaze. Celadon glazes can be produced in a variety of colours, including white, green, blue and yellow.
There are two theories for the derivation of the name celadon. It first appeared in France in the 17th century and is possibly derived from the shepherd, Celadon, in Honoré D’Urfes’s French pastoral romance, L’Astrée (1627), who wore a pale green cape. The other is that the term is a corruption of the name of Saladin (Salah ad-Din), the Ayyubid Sultan, who in 1171 sent forty pieces of Chinese celadon as a gift to the Sultan of Syria.
The lamps seated in custom made, matte gold plated bases. The lamp caps matte gold plated. The lamps shown with knife pleated, dun silk shade suggestion. The combined weight of the lamps is 9.6 kg/21lbs.
These classic lamps can take their place with sophisticated ease in a traditional or modern interior.
Overall height (including shades) 28"/71cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
The lamp shades shown are for photography purposes only.