Roseland Cottage

Table Lamp

Japan and United States, porcelain, glass, bronze, c. 1890

This Japanese vase may well have been fitted out as a lamp soon after it was produced. The vase itself, with its asymmetric decoration, gilt overglaze, and flying bird motif is very much in the Aesthetic style, while the base, more rectilinear and geometric, is a subset of the style known as Eastlake, after its principal proponent, Charles Eastlake.  The fleurs-de-lis on the globe add a third element in a mash up of styles that is typical of the period.