Tall Black Lacquered Adjustable Candle Stands,

Shanxi Province C19th

Dimensions: W: D: H:158 (cm)
Reference: CS186


  • Description

    These intricately carved black lacquered lamp stands are a beautiful and elegant way to provide light. They were in essence used as lamp stands combining the practical function of providing light with aesthetic excellence. A candle would be placed on top of the adjustable pedestal, and often within a silk shade, to give a gentle, suffused lighting effect.

    The pedestals in this pair are supported by supremely elegant, gently upward curvature which culminates at the base upon which the candle stands. The height is variable, and is adjusted by an ingenious stepped adjustment mechanism.

    The bases of this pair echo the upper curvature with their own elegant curves, which offsets the pattern and geometry of the bases themselves. the trestle pattern on stationery screens, the pattern and geometry offset by the more curvilinear shape of the supports to the lamp pedestal itself.

    Genuine lamp stands are very difficult to find, and are objects of genuine beauty and rarity. The lacquer has been restored, to reflect how it would have looked. The result is a visually rich and dramatic appearance.

    In China lamps have not only a practical and aesthetic function but possess a spiritual dimension as carriers of light. Light instigates the spirit world and hence light is an essential part of state, religious and family rituals.

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…visually rich and dramatic appearance…

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
  • International delivery available
  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

    Lou Tabor
  • We are absolutely delighted with the our tall red lacquered leather Chinese hat-box we purchased from Sharon Fitzsimmons. We were looking for an interesting and unusual piece, and this absolutely fits the brief. The quality, colour and size are perfect for our needs, both in appearance and as a useful side-table. Not only that, but we have an interesting talking point for our guests!

    Peter and Joanna Ruddock
  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

    Tina MacFarlane

Why Choose a Piece from the Collection

We have a rigorous selection criteria that every late Qing Dysnasty (1644-1911) piece must meet: authenticity, rarity, originality, function and fine craftsmanship. The provenance varies but is mostly Shanxi Province, a region renowned for Qing furniture. We offer diversity, and styles range from classical to vernacular. Over the many years the true testimony of our selection process is that customers are more than satisfied, and are often repeat buyers, as pieces are consistently proven to enhance interiors.

Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

Dedicated singlemindedness in carefully and painstakingly restoring every single antique, simple or complex, has resulted in a sympathetic conservation of antiques, pleasingly meeting customers satisfaction. Our restorers have an understanding of the original craftsman’s skills such as joinery, lacquering, carving, painting and other age old carpentry ways. Each restoration is done by experienced and skilled craftsmen with great attention to detail. On completion each piece is a stand alone form, with presence, integrity and artistic personality.