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?