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Chinese Lamps & Lights

Beautiful Chinese porcelain jars were often converted to lamps rather than used to contain foods and spices. These jars were created during the 19th century in China for export due to a high demand for porcelain jars in Western regions like Europe. Chinese lamps were also created from lacquered wooden statues and other past exported goods, and often sit in homes as hidden treasures.

As early as 259 B.C., China began making candles out of whale fat. During this time, candlestick holders were created as well. These were made out of materials like metal, porcelain, and jade.

Candlestick holders in China were treated very sculpturally and often took on the form of birds, famous historical figures, or flowers. Other simpler candlestick holders were treated more minimally and were created from porcelain or wood, but decorated with natural motifs or sometimes left plain in order to showcase the material used.


Quick Facts

  • Chinese lamps were converted from jars without knowledge of their high value. Many of these lamps were converted from ancient imperial porcelains
  • In ancient China, candlestick holders were placed as lights within tombs so that the dead might see in the dark during the afterlife
  • Some Chinese lamps were once porcelain temple urns. These jar lamps usually consist of the entire jar and domed lid adhered to a wooden stand. The jar is then pierced on top and bottom so that wiring and metalwork for the lamp may be added

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair of Chinese Lamps
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair of Chinese Lamps
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$506 Bids
Chinese Sang De Boeuf Glazed Pottery Vase Mounted as a Lamp, H: 21 in. (53.34 cm.)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Sang De Boeuf Glazed Pottery Vase Mounted as a Lamp, H: 21 in. (53.34 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$1253 Bids
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KERZENSTÄNDER
Oct 04, 2:00 PM CEST
KERZENSTÄNDER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF180- CHF200
CHF2202 Bids
Pair Antique Asian Bronze Lamps
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Antique Asian Bronze Lamps
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$152 Bids
CHINESE PORCELAIN TABLE LAMP
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
CHINESE PORCELAIN TABLE LAMP
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
CELADON GLAZE VASE LAMP
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
CELADON GLAZE VASE LAMP
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Chinese Porcelain
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Chinese Porcelain
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
Two Chinese vase lamps
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Two Chinese vase lamps
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1501 Bid
Chinese 20th C. Famille Rose Vase Lamp
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese 20th C. Famille Rose Vase Lamp
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Large Chinese archaic style pottery vessel lamp
Oct 12, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Chinese archaic style pottery vessel lamp
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
LARGE CHINESE BRONZE PAGODA-FORM LANTERN / ORNAMENT
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
LARGE CHINESE BRONZE PAGODA-FORM LANTERN / ORNAMENT
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4501 Bid
A Pair of Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain Vases Mounted on Brass Lamp Stands
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
A Pair of Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain Vases Mounted on Brass Lamp Stands
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
A Chinese porcelain vase converted to a lamp decorated with flowers and butterflies 34 cm.
Oct 14, 9:30 AM BST
A Chinese porcelain vase converted to a lamp decorated with flowers and butterflies 34 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£41 Bid
Antique Chinese Silvered Bronze Opium Lamp
Oct 22, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Silvered Bronze Opium Lamp
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
Chinese Porcelain Lantern On Matching Base, As Is C 1900 H 16" W 6"
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Chinese Porcelain Lantern On Matching Base, As Is C 1900 H 16" W 6"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Chinese Porcelain Painted Figural Lamp Base
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Porcelain Painted Figural Lamp Base
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
(2) Pair of James Mont Style Chinese Brass Table Lamps
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Pair of James Mont Style Chinese Brass Table Lamps
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Set Cantonese candlesticks
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Set Cantonese candlesticks
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Antique Bronze Mounted Chinese Porcelain Lamp
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Bronze Mounted Chinese Porcelain Lamp
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
(2) Chinese Porcelain Coral Roses Mantel Vase Urn Lamps
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Chinese Porcelain Coral Roses Mantel Vase Urn Lamps
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A Chinese famille rose baluster vase, mounted as a lamp, Total H 41 cm
Oct 06, 9:00 AM CEST
A Chinese famille rose baluster vase, mounted as a lamp, Total H 41 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€2000 Bids
Large 19th century Chinese lamp, H 86 cm.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Large 19th century Chinese lamp, H 86 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Lamps & Lights


Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd