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Vintage Asian figurine lamp - Reserve for kmshaw

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I don't know anything about the history of this lamp. I can tell it's old, and it reminds me of things I've seen that came out of Shanghai, China, between the first and second world wars. There are no visible markings. This would be the ideal gift for a collector or aficionado of Asian kitsch or antiques. She's a little gem.

The entire base seems to be made of painted plaster; there are small chips in the paint here and there, and it's not wood beneath. (I'm sure the chips could be easily restored by the right person, or even just using a Sharpie.) The colors are mostly black with some gold characters and other designs on the figure's clothing. She seems to be playing a small drum or gong.

Someone (not me) has refitted it recently. All the electrical parts look fairly new and work well. The cord is kinked but not stiff or cracked. An inline switch on the cord turns the lamp on and off. Even the bulb works! The asymmetrical textured-paper shade is not original, but is very cute, suits the lamp well, and sheds a warm, gentle light. It has fuzzy metallic-y trim around the top and bottom.

Stands about 16" tall to the top of the shade, with a 4" footprint. Shade clips onto a regular size, torpedo-shape bulb. You'd probably want to use a 25 watt bulb to avoid overheating the shade.

Vintage Asian figurine lamp - Reserve for kmshaw


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Only ships within United States.
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