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A highly decorative decalcomania glass vase lamp of unusually high quality, with custom shade. 60cm x 30cm (24inches x 12 inches) excluding fittings. One metre tall inclusive of shade.


Decalcomania is the process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain. The decoration is on the inside of the vase, essentially making it a reverse glass painting.


The Chinoiserie design here features engravings of exquisite quality, the detail in places so pin sharp and fine it's difficult to photograph. The design is bright, bold, charming and playful as well as being a beautifully executed and highly accomplished work of art. The juxtaposition of people and birds, arranged with no regard to scale, gives it an almost surreal, Alice in Wonderland feel. This is a considerably better example than any other we have seen, a real cut above.


Condition overall is superb, with only scattered small losses of paint. These are not obvious and don't detract. The bands of gold decoration (around the top and bottom of the belly of the vase) have degraded, probably a result of oxidisation of the bronze pigments in the gold paint. There is wear to the gold leaf at the base and top of the lamp. There is a small circular hole approx 6mm (underneath the caterpillar, only visible when turning upside down) where the lamp was wired at one point. Please see extra images here, there is far too much to show on the listing.


The lamp has four bulb holders and has been rewired to modern UK standards with braided cotton cable and an inline switch. We have kept the beautiful early 20th century chain pull bulb holder for the main bulb. This operates independently from the inline switch, so you can use with four bulbs or three for more ambient lighting.


The shade, 50cm x 34cm (20 inches x 13.5 inches) was custom made for this lamp, from a beautiful hand woven silk ikat, carefully chosen to best compliment the bold sensibilities of the base.


UK shipping is £90 by dedicated courier. Please contact for international shipping quote

Large & Exceptional mid 19th Century Decalcomania Lamp

  • We are happy to accept returned items if they arrive damaged or are not as described. No other reason will guarantee a refund. Please study images carefully, they count as part of the description. We are happy to supply additional information and images on request

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