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MACKINNON fine furniture and works of art

LAMPS A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps

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Introduction

We are delighted to present an online catalogue of lamps from our collection. These lamps are the perfect complement to any interior: with a mix of both antique and modern examples, the following collection reflects timeless designs and styles. Each of the lamps presented in the following pages has been selected for its fine quality and decorative appeal. The lamps represent a wide variety of cultures and styles, including examples from China, Japan, Germany, France, and England. We have divided the catalogue into categories with a focus specific historic styles, including Chinese blue and white vases, Asian Imari vases, and monochrome designs. The lamps range in size and scale, from the small scale English porcelain vases with exotic birds to the impressive large scale Chinese plum vases that measure over two feet in height. The lamps are presented with attractive hand gilded turned bases, and all of our lamps can be wired for use worldwide. A variety of card, linen or silk lampshades are available on request. We hope you will enjoy the catalogue. Please do be in touch if we can be of any assistance.

Charlie Mackinnon Director

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Pairs of Lamps


Two is better than one: the defining feature of the following selection of lamps is that they all come in pairs. Whether to go side by side on a console table in an entryway, to flank a settee, or to go on either side of a bed, pairs of lamps are incredibly useful in almost any space within an interior. Each pair of lamps is unique in its colour, style, and scale. The simple monochromatic appearance of the Chinese plum vases and the Qing Dynasty celadon lamps contrasts with the elaborate decoration on the 19th century Paris porcelain vases with floral panels. In addition to traditional ceramic vases, the selection includes pairs of lamps featuring different materials, including the French marble baluster lamps, the pair of mid-20th century brass-mounted leather column lamps, and the pair of French cloisonnĂŠ lamps in the Iznik style.


A Large Pair of Chinese Plum Coloured Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century

A fine pair of large scale Chinese vases in a monochromatic plum hue. Now mounted as lamps with hand turned gilded bases.

Height of vase: 25½ in (65 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Pair of 19th Century French Marble Baluster Lamps The vases French, 19th century A very fine pair of 19th century French marble baluster vases. Now mounted as lamps with hand gilded turned bases. Height of vase: 19 in (49 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Pair of French Cloisonné Iznik Style Lamps The vases French, 19th century A very fine pair of French cloisonné vases in the Iznik style. The baluster form vases decorated throughout in various tones of blue with black accents on a white background. Height of vase: 16½ in (42 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshades.

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A Pair of Imperial Yellow Chinese Incised Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century A very fine pair of large scale Imperial yellow Chinese vases. The vases incised with panels depicting landscape scenes with various birds and foliage. Now mounted as lamps with hand-gilded turned bases. Height of vase: 22 in (56 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshades.

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A Pair of Late 19th Century English Baluster Lamps The vases England, 19th century A very fine pair of late 19th century English pottery baluster shaped vases. Decorated in the style of French Louis XVI Sevres porcelain with a series of birds framed in gilded cartouches on a blue ground. Now mounted as lamps with handed gilded turned bases. Height of vase: 15 in (38 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Pair of Mid-20th Century BrassMounted Leather Column Lamps The lamps English, mid-20th century A very fine pair of large scale mid-20th century brass-mounted leather column lamps. Height of lamp: 25 in (65 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Pair of 19th Century Qing Dynasty Celadon Lamps The vases Chinese, 19th century A very fine pair of 19th century Qing Dynasty celadon vases. The vases now mounted as lamps with hand-gilded turned bases and caps to the vases. Height of vase: 16 in (40 cm) Including base, excluding fitments and lampshade.

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A Large Pair of Paris Porcelain Lamps with Floral Panels The vases French, circa 1835 An exceptional pair of large scale Paris porcelain vases decorated with floral panels on one side and a stylised floral motif to the other side. Each body with gilded seaweed decoration to the neck and a dark blue ground. Now mounted as lamps gilded bases. Height of vase: 21 in (53.5 cm) Including base, excluding fitments and lampshade.

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A Pair of Mid-19th Century Chinese Polychrome Lamps The vases Chinese, mid-19th century A very fine pair of mid nineteenth century Chinese polychrome vases decorated throughout with polychrome ornamentation on a craquelure ground. The vases now mounted as lamps with a hand-gilded turned base and cap to the vase. Height of vase: 18½ in (47 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Blue and White Chinese Porcelain

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Blue and white decoration is synonymous with Chinese porcelain: the earliest examples of Chinese blue and white wares appeared during the Tang Dynasty in the 9th century. In the early 14th century, the Chinese potters developed fine blue and white porcelain in Jingdezhen, which has been referred to as the ‘porcelain capital’ of China. The blue and white wares of this date utilized cobalt exported from Persia in combination with the white porcelain of Chinese tradition. By the 17th century, Chinese potters were creating blue and white porcelain for export to the European markets. European collectors often mounted these pieces with silver and gold mounts as they were so highly prized. As early as the 1640s, the Dutch, producing Delftware, began to copy Chinese blue and white designs due to the popularity of this style. Chinese export blue and white porcelain remained highly valuable throughout the 18th century in Europe and led to many imitations, including the well known willow pattern made by Royal Stafford at the end of the 18th century. The designs on blue and white Chinese porcelain varied greatly. The fo dog, also known as an Imperial guardian lion, derives from Chinese Buddhist tradition that regards the lion as a symbol of protection. Another common decorative feature is the fish, which is a symbol of abundance and affluence. These symbols are often used to decorate blue and white porcelain along with abstracted foliage with a variety of flowers. Peonies, chrysanthemums, and hibiscus, amongst others, all hold special meaning in Chinese culture and can be found on blue and white vases in abundance.

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A Pair of Blue and White Chinese Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century A fine pair of blue and white Chinese Kangxi style vases decorated throughout with prunus flowers and decorative vines. Now mounted as lamps with hand turned gilded bases. Height of vase: 17ž in (45 cm) Including base, excluding fitment and lampshade.

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A Large Blue and White Chinese Lamp The vase Chinese, 20th century A fine blue and white Chinese Kangxi style vase decorated throughout with prunus flowers and decorative vines. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 20½ in (52 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Pair of Blue and White Chinese Lamps with Fish The vases Chinese, 20th century A fine pair of Chinese blue and white vases of baluster form, decorated with fish and foliage. Now mounted as lamps with handgilded turned bases. Height of each vase: 17ž in (45 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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A Pair of Blue and White Chinese Lamps with Fo Dogs The vases Chinese, 20th century A fine pair of Chinese blue and white vases of baluster form, decorated with fo dogs amongst abstracted clouds. Now mounted as lamps with hand-gilded turned bases. Height of each vase: 17ž in (45 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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A Pair of Blue and White Chinese Lamps with Fo Dogs The vases Chinese, 20th century A fine pair of Chinese blue and white vases of baluster form, decorated with fo dogs in a landscape amongst foliage. Now mounted as lamps with hand-gilded turned bases. Height of each vase: 17ž in (45 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Imari Ware

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Imari ware is a type of porcelain traditionally made in the town of Arita in Japan. Starting at the end of the 17th century, these pieces were exported to Europe by the Dutch East India Company and became fashionable. As the porcelain often left from the port of Imari, the designs took on the name of this port. Imari ware is defined by a type of Arita ware known as kinrande, which is coloured porcelain and ceramic with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and gold. The designs of Imari ware ranges from foliage and flower to people, scenery, and abstract geometric patterns. Given the popularity of Imari ware in the West, European factories began imitating the style. The ceramic makers at Meissen, Chantilly, Vincennes, and Worcester all produced Imari style pieces in the 18th and 19th century.

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A Large 19th Century Chinese Imari Lamp The vase Chinese, circa 18th century A very fine large scale 18th century Chinese Imari porcelain vase from the Qianlong period. Decorated throughout with sprays of flowers in blue, white, and red with gilded accents. Now mounted as a lamp with hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 22 in (56 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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An 18th Century Japanese Imari Lamp The vase Japanese, 18th century A very fine 18th century Japanese Imari porcelain vase of large scale with central panels decorated with blooming flowers and willow trees, surrounded by abstract foliage and geometric patterns. In tones of coral and blue, typical of Imari ware of this period. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand gilded turned base. Height of vase: 15½ in (39 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A 19th Century Japanese Imari Lamp The vase Japanese, 18th century A fine 19th century Japanese Imari vase with tones of blue and coral on a white ground. The vase decorated with finely painted chrysanthemums, foliage, and phoenix birds. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand gilded turned base. Height of vase: 14 in (36 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A 19th Century Japanese Imari Lamp The vase Japanese, 19th century An attractive large scale ribbed Japanese Imari vase. Decorated with floral motifs around a central panel featuring stylised bamboo and plum amongst sprays of peonies and chrysanthemums. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand gilded turned base. Height of vase: 18½ in (47 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A 19th Century Japanese Imari Lamp The vase Japanese, 19th century An attractive Japanese Imari vase decorated with floral motifs around a central panel featuring stylised bamboo and plum amongst sprays of peonies and chrysanthemums. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand-gilded turned base. Height of vase: 16½ in (42 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Single Lamps


The following selection of single lamps represents the widest range of styles and designs, spanning from French terracotta to Chinese polychrome porcelain. The styles range from the simple monochrome vases to the elaborate decoration of Dutch delft designs. The shapes of the lamps in this section are greatly varied. In addition to the traditional baluster form vases, there is an urn shaped vase from the Meissen factory with wonderfully shaped serpent handles as well as a square vase with Dutch architectural scenes running across all four sides. These single lamps are ideal for a space that calls for a flash of colour or decorative accent and will provide the perfect source of light.


A Large 19th Century White and Gold Meissen Urn Lamp The vase German, circa 1890 A very fine large white and gold Meissen vase in the form of an urn. The vase highlighted with gilt decoration and with elaborate serpent handles issuing from acanthus leaf terminals, raised on a gadrooned socle. Now mounted as a lamp with a gilded base. Height of vase: 19½ in (49 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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A Chinese Polychrome Lamp The vase Chinese, 20th century A fine Chinese vase with polychrome decoration on a white ground. Decorated with figures around a tree in a hilly landscape with a dragon circling the top edge of the vase. Now mounted as a lamp with a hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 18½ in (47 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A 19th Century Celadon Lamp with Incised Decoration The vase Chinese, 19th century A very fine 19th century Chinese celadon vase with incised decoration of flowers, clouds, and vines. Height of vase: 18 1/2 in (47 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Modern Lamps

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A Chinese Green Glazed Lamp The vase Chinese, mid-20th century A Chinese green glazed vase with a craquelure finish. Now mounted as a lamp with hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 17 in (43 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Large Blue and White Delft Lamp The vase Dutch, 20th century A very fine large blue and white Delft vase decorated with a central floral basket surrounded by additional floral sprays amongst abstracted patterns. Now mounted as a lamp with hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 18 in (46 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A 19th Century Blue and White Delft Lamp The vase Dutch, 19th century A very fine 19th century blue and white Delft vase. Decorated with chinoiserie scenes of courtly figures amongst a floral landscape. Now mounted as a lamp with hand turned gilded base. Height of vase: 13 in (33 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Large Scale French Terracotta Lamp The vase French, mid-20th century An attractive large scale French terracotta vase with ribbed decoration. Now mounted as a lamp. Height of vase: 21 in (53 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitment and lampshade.

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A Tulip Tea Canister Lamp The vase 20th century A tulip tea canister vase decorated throughout with Dutch architectural scenes, each side with a large flower. Now mounted as a lamp. Height of vase: 15 in (38 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Monochrome Lamps

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The tradition of monochrome porcelain in China dates back to the Song dynasty. By the beginning of the Qing dynasty, the craftsmen had developed a number of innovations in glazing and production techniques to create almost any colour. These lamps reflect a continuation of the tradition to use monochrome glazes. The vases come in two different shapes: the straight neck vases with the slender neck form and the temple jar vases in the baluster form. Finally, we have also included a selection of faux shagreen lamps in this section. Like Chinese monochrome glazes, the shagreen finish comes in different hues, including gold and silver. Shagreen is a material traditionally coming from a shark or stingray, which has an attractive surface finish.

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A Pair of Chinese Green Craquelure Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century A very fine pair of Chinese green craquelure vases. The vases now mounted as lamps with hand-gilded turned bases and caps to the vases. Height of vase: 17 in (41 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshades.

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Monochrome Chinese Straight Neck Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century Chinese straight neck vases now mounted as a lamp with hand-gilded turned base. Available in the following monochromatic colours: turquoise, dark green, baby blue, brown. Height of vase: 18 in (46 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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An Imperial Yellow Chinese Temple Jar Lamp The vase Chinese, 20th century An Imperial yellow Chinese temple jar vase, now mounted as a lamp with a handgilded turned base. Height of vase 17 in (43 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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A Sang de Bouef Chinese Temple Jar Lamp The vase Chinese, 20th century A sang de bouef Chinese temple jar vase, now mounted as a lamp with a hand-gilded turned base. Height of vase 14 in (36 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Faux Shagreen Porcelain Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century Superb quality faux shagreen porcelain vases, now mounted as lamps with hand gilded turned bases. Available in silver and gold. Height of vase: 15½ in (39.5 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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Faux Shagreen Porcelain Tea Canister Lamps The vases Chinese, 20th century Superb quality faux shagreen porcelain tea canister vases, now mounted as lamps with hand gilded turned bases. Available in silver and gold. Height of large vase: 14½ in (37 cm) Height of small vase: 11 in (28 cm) Including base, excluding electrical fitments and lampshade.

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A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps  

We are delighted to present our latest collection of antique & modern lamps.

A Selection of Antique & Modern Lamps  

We are delighted to present our latest collection of antique & modern lamps.