A rare, late 18th century, English Chinoiserie, blue and white, transfer printed, pearlware, accent lamp, or task light of baluster form. The lamp with an early mid blue Chinoiserie print known as "Chinese Temple".
This pearlware lamp base has been professionally restored with the museum type restoration clearly seen, however blue and white transfer printed pearlware shapes of this type are rare and a previous collector/enthusiast has undertaken this restoration project.
C1780 - C1800 The Chinoiserie Period.
Printed pottery was invented in England during the last quarter of the 18th century at a period when the Staffordshire potters could see their market share was being lost to imported Chinese blue and white porcelain. It was these conditions that provided the stimulus and drive for competition from the ever resourceful Staffordshire potters.
It was a resurgent time of development and design which required the skill of copper plate engravers, printers and those with the talent of handling the transfers, specialist qualities required for the production of blue and white printed pottery. The market was familiar with the Chinese style of decoration and it is therefore not surprising that Chinese wares were used for inspiration with original Chinese designs being either copied or adapted by the copper plate engravers.
These English prints in Chinese style are referred to as "Chinoiserie" and this early lamp base is a product of this C1780- C1800 Chinoiserie period. These new printed shapes gained immediate acceptance from both the British and American markets. By example, Thomas Jefferson’s dining room at Monticello is known to have several table services of English pearlware.
The lamp with a custom made, matte gold plated lamp cap and seated in an understated Chinese style black lacquered stand.
As mentioned, 18th century, English blue and white transfer printed lamps are difficult to acquire. This is a very charming, example that would work particularly well when placed near other blue and white. The lamp shown with an ivory silk shade suggestion.
Pearlware was introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1779 as an improvement to his Queen’s ware, a creamware named in honour of Queen Charlotte. The glaze contained a small percentage of cobalt oxide which gave the glazed shape a bluish white cast, reminiscent of the surface of a natural pearl.
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.
George III - Circa 1790
Overall height (including shade) 18"/46cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.