A rare opium lamp of clear, red and blue glass
Height: 5 3/8 in (13.6 cm)
A rare glass opium lamp, comprising three main parts; a central bowl of clear glass with a white overlay carved with four shou characters, fitted with a removable wick holder of red and clear glass; a flat pierced stand of clear glass with a red overlay, carved with four feet with an apron of bats and Buddhist emblems; finally the large bell of clear glass with blue overlay, decorated with three medallions, the first one with two magpies and a branch of plum tree, the second one with a horse, a bat and a pine tree, and the final medallion with two quails and reeds.
Glass opium lamps were extremely rare, and only a few examples still exist. This is the only lamp we know of with a three-color overlay. For a similar example but with white overlay only, see Brown (1990), cat. no. 68.
Provenance: The Oriental Corner, Los Altos, California
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 54
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)