Luxury Design, Past & Present
A Fine Pair of Table Lamps in the French Chinoiserie Taste
The Chinese baluster form vases, mounted with shishi masks, decorated with iron red grounds, depicting Taoist scholars and pupils in a bamboo grove, hand painted in cobalt blues, greens and gilts; mounted with French bronze circular feet and caps, in the Chinoiserie manner. Fitted for electricity.
In the last quarter of the 19th century, Japan opened its borders to the Western powers, and the native art, hithertofore unknown in Europe, launched a taste for Japanese art, and re-awoke the taste for the decorative arts of China.