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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mama's Got a New (Old) Pair of Lamps


I love blanc de chine.  From Chinese figures to vases to pierced lamps, blanc de chine is timeless and elegant.  I have a blanc de chine lamp from my grandmother in baby girl's nursery, but I think that you can use such a classic style in more than one part of your home.  I was thrilled to find this pair of pierced lamps a few weeks ago from an estate out of town (you can't find good stuff like this at estate sales in Charlotte!).


At first glance, the lamps look great.  But upon closer inspection, one of the vases has been repaired.  And the wooden base is completely broken, so if you barely touch the lamp it falls over.   

So I took the lamps apart and set out to restore them.

I love the beautiful oriental carved rosewood bases, but after doing some research, replacing the base was going to cost me more than I paid for the lamps.  If one of the vases had not been repaired, I would be more apt to justify it, but because of that repair, I just don't think it is worth spending a considerable amount on a new base.  Moreover, the brass base (originally between the rosewood and the vase) would work perfectly and already had the proper holes, making me think it was probably the original base that came with the lamps before the rosewood bases were added.

So I bought two lamp kits and went to work re-wiring the lamps.  Re-wiring a lamp really is easy to do (full disclosure- I did get "lit up" once because I was exhausted and forgot the lamp was plugged in and touched a live wire with a screwdriver...).  I am now no longer allowed to work on lamps if I am tired, and I always make sure they are unplugged! 

I put the lamp back together, and I think the brass bases will do just fine!

I added a pair of black drum shades I had (from Target I believe) and placed the lamps atop my burl console table.  (Ignore the rest of the room... it is a work in progress!)

I am not sure if I will leave them here or use them in a bedroom, but I will find a place!

Do you love blanc de chine?

11 comments:

My Crafty Home Life said...

Stunning!

Erin said...

Those lamps are beautiful!!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I think they look better with just the brass bases. It seems like the rosewood carved bases added more to an already intricate design. The brass doesn't compete. Very nice.

the Queen City Style said...

My husband and I "made" a pair of lamps a couple of months ago using vases as bases... It was a little more complicated (tho not hard) but an adventurous experience none the less! I'll post them soon! YOURS look awesome!

Vickie H. said...

Love these! I might put lucite bases on the since that stuff is available online way cheap, but these are fine, as is. Nice job!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Adore those lamps! ANd props to you - I probably would have tried to patch them up with glue. Love the black shades with them!
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Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Yes I love! :)

maison21 said...

i always keep teh damaged stuff too- still looks great, but if you turn half the lmap in my house around, you'll find damage in the back. ;-)

Nutbird said...

I like these very much. I have about 5 in a slightly different shape that my mom bought in Japan in 1955. The light up from the inside and have rice paper inside also. Some one on One Kings Lane recently tried to sell one on sale for $1500. In 1955 they were probably $8. They often sell on ebay for a little over a hundred. Mine were made in Japan and were sold right outside an air base. I like the black shades. I never thought of black. Ann

Nutbird said...

I like these very much. I have about 5 in a slightly different shape that my mom bought in Japan in 1955. The light up from the inside and have rice paper inside also. Some one on One Kings Lane recently tried to sell one on sale for $1500. In 1955 they were probably $8. They often sell on ebay for a little over a hundred. Mine were made in Japan and were sold right outside an air base. I like the black shades. I never thought of black. Ann

ABC said...

I had never heard of blanc de chine (learn something new every day...) but I am an instant convert! Those lamps are so nice I can't even be happy for you, I am so jealous. I spent the whole post waiting for you to say that you were putting them up for sale! Anyway, you did a wonderful job, and you deserve them ;)

XOXOXO
ABC

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