A matched pair of white porcelain lamps with fine, detailed, intricate piercings and hand work.
The lamps have six reticulated sides with central medallions of immortals. The central medallions on one shade are a mirror image of those on the other shade. These images are painted very precisely and show considerable detail, including on the faces and robe folds. The piercings are finely outlined in iron red and gold. Cherry blossoms, lotus, roses, and peonies surround the piercings.
The tops have a crenulated edge. The six sided bases have piercings and are decorated with the same flowers as on the tops.
The lamps and bases are glazed with a thick, smooth, shiny white glaze that has a slight blue cast. The bases of the tops, the tops of the lantern bases and their feet are all unglazed. Hexagonal metal discs fit the bases exactly. They each have a screw bolt for electrification of the lamps. These were probably a later addition.
9 ½” (24.1 cm) tall x 4 ¾” (12.1 cm) diameter. Weighs 3 lb 1.5 oz (1405 g)
There is grit on edges of the bases from the kiln. There is wear to the gold enamel. The one lamp has a concussion mark on a central medallion of a fellow holding a fan in a rose colored robe. There are tiny enamel chips on the crenelated edges at the top of both lamps.
The flange on the top of one base that secures its top, broke and was repaired; one section of the flange is still missing. When the lamps are on their bases, they look entire and hide the breaks. The other base has an enamel chip on a corner edge. The enamels look bright and shiny. There are no other cracks, or breaks.
A stunning pair of Chinese porcelain wedding lamps to give as a gift to newlyweds or for adding a beautiful, delicate decoration to your home décor.