A Good c.1900 Black Japanned Chinoiserie Floor Lamp, From the Deanery, Durham

Origin: English
Period: Victorian/Edwardian
Provenance: The Deanery, Durham
Date: c.1895-1910
Height: 73.5 inches (with shade)
Base Diameter: 14.5 inches

The unusual gothic style standard floor lamp hand-decorated with gilt-highlighted turnings, the carved softwood whole beautifully fluted with black japanned chinoiserie gilt detailing to the base depicting typical oriental figures, pagodas and landscapes and a contemporary black shade survives from the turn of the nineteenth century and the Deanery, Durham, England.

The condition of the lamp is truly country house, i.e. lived in but thoroughly evocative. We have had her fully re-wired so she is now working perfectly and has been PAT tested. The lamp-shade is contemporary. There are several deficiencies to the lacquer to note; with several scratches, scuffs and loss though overall it remains an attractive piece in its entirety.. We love pieces that show their battle scars and remain in un-restored condition.

The Deanery in Durham, England is The Dean of Durham’s residence (until the Reformation, the residence of the Prior) occupies the site of what was formerly the Monks’ Dormitory. In accordance to the Rule of St Benedict, the prior originally would simply have had in a bed in the communal dormitory. This has been embellished over the centuries by successive deans and was sufficiently lavish by the seventeenth century to have hosted King James I on his way to Scotland. Among the Deanery's most interesting features are Fifteenth-century wall paintings, recently discovered in what had been the Prior’s Chapel, and later seems to have been used as a courtroom. The carved wooden ceiling in the King James Room and hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Dean’s Solarium, added around 1913.

Of good provenance, this lamp has illuminated some rather fine rooms in its life thus far; let’s hope it can continue to do so.