Large Chinese Flourite Lamp

A large ‘flourite/quartz’ lamp, well carved with Asian motives and lit from the inside; referred to as a tripod lidded incense burner censer likely from the Republic Period, (1912-1949), carved in the archaistic style with tapering circular sides centering scrolling shallow relief details, flanked by large reticulated taotie masks suspending loop handles, surmounted by a conforming lid with stiff leaf banding and pierced beastly masks hung with loop handles, enclosing a reticulated qilon finial, raised on monopodiae with taotie mask carved hips ending in paw feet, on a custom hardwood stand, later fitted as a lamp; on a painted rosewood and gilded metal base.  The stone in these types of Chinese carved lamps is often referred to as quartz, or jadeite but is actually part of the calcite or fluorite family; a softer stone and easier to carve.

Dimensions: 23″H (81cm) x 15″W (38cm) x 11″D (28cm)

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