20 Aug Chinoiserie Blanc de Chine Lamps
I have an affinity for lamps. If I see a great pair of vintage or antique lamps, they are hard for me to resist. They are also usually a great price, too. (considering how expensive lamps can be!) I especially love pierced lamps, particularly the blanc de chine chinoiserie variety.
Quick Design Term Lesson:
Chinoiserie – French; the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, esp. in the 18th century; pronounced sheen-wah-zer-ee
Blanc de Chine – French for “white from China”; traditional European term for a type of white Chinese porcelain; pronounced blau-d-sheen
These types of lamps oftentimes have a pretty cherry blossom pattern and light at the socket and glow at the base. That soft glow is so soothing to me. Delicately beautiful, I think they add a sophisticated and charmingly aged feel to a room.
The modern version of this lamp is more simple, with basic pierced patterns.
Apparently, these are often hand pierced. Neat, huh? And time consuming!
I couldn’t resist throwing in a couple of photos of some brass pierced lamps. Aren’t these awesome? They add a whole new Moroccan feel to the design.
Their new home is going to be on the console table in my stairwell. I have freshly hung beautiful wallpaper in there so I didn’t want a regular height lamp base and shade to cover the pretty pattern. They are 21″ tall and super awesome. I love the light they throw around the space, and their unique look. This is a perfect example of why vintage is the way to go…would you ever find these new in a store? Doubtful.
You can actually create your own pierced lamps if you find a pair of vases, get a lamp kit from your local hardware store, and wire them! This might sound like a difficult project, but it is not. The directions are very clear on the lamp kit, and many times, blanc de chine vases already have a hole in the bottom. (and if your chosen object doesn’t, you simply use a glass/tile drill bit to drill holes)
Do you love these types of lamps? Do you need a pair of your own? Lucky for you, Gypsy Soul has a PAIR of these in perfect condition. Right now. Get ’em while they’re hot!
Do these lamps make you as happy as they make me? Where would you put them?