This is a simply wonderful figural bronze lamp from the Meiji period depicting a beautiful laughing Japanese Geisha. The beautiful young woman is wearing a traditional kimono with floating sleeves and she is standing in Geta sandals. Her hair is artfully done up in a knot and she has a comb in her hair as well. Her pretty face with classic almond eyes shows a bright smile and she is holding a small key in her raised left hand. Together with her inviting gesture and smile, the key in her hands makes me believe she is greeting a gentleman who is coming to the guest house. The young girl is standing on a base resembling natural soil and behind her we see a tree stump and on top of it a lovely Japanese lantern is placed – another hint to the near by Geisha guest house.
The roof is held together by bronze parts that resemble bamboo which are held together by ropes. The window panes are reticulated and inside fitted with yellow celluloid.
On the base next to the beauty's feet we find the artist signature inside a deep relief cartouche. This decorative work of art boasts many fine details and a superior level of craftsmanship quality!
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan.
DATE: Meiji period (1868 -1912).
MARKS: Artist signature located on the base inside a deep relief cartouche.
MATERIAL: Bronze. Window panes are fitted with celluloid.
MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE: Casting, very fine chase work and dark patination.
FUNCTIONS: The lamp is currently not electrified - the lantern can be dismantled and the electrification can be easily added by a professional. One small screw inside is missing and could be renewed.
CONDITION: Excellent ORIGINAL as found condition. On the inside of the lantern there is one missing screw - therefore it is a little loose. NO RESTORATION!
SIZE: Height is 24 inches. (asia 54sz)
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Item ID: A5204
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