Champlevé Vase Lamp, China, c.1830.
Not only a stunning lamp, it is an outstanding example of the Chinese art of Champlevé. This is the technique where they start with a solid bronze vase, then gouge out the areas they want to fill with coloured enamel. The enamel is made by grinding enamel bricks (very much like glass) into a powder, mixing it with water to make a paste, then putting it into the hollowed-out places. The vase is then fired, like porcelain, then the surface is ground and polished. This leaves thin ridges of the bronze to serve as colour separators and to create the design. This is similar to cloisonné, where thin brass wires are soldered to a bronze or brass vase, then the 'cloisons' (cells) are filled with coloured enamel.
The height to the top of the shade is 30.5".
The vase is 14 ½ “ tall and 9” diameter.