This very rare Biedermeier lamp (circa mid-1800`s), is from my partners personal collection. It has a hand painted porcelain base and a colored one piece lithophane shade. No damage, just slight age wear of gold gilding. Back in the mid to late 1800's before camera`s were well distributed, people were awed by the lifelike images of lithophanes, which lit up dimensionally. They were most often made in flat rectangles, ovals, circles and squares and were most often used as candle shields or surrounded by stained glass as window hangings. The lithophanes that were made into one piece shades are very rare as not many were made, and many have been broken. They are made of fine German bone china, and go through a rigorous set of steps to make each mold. The history of the lithophane is quite interesting and can be easily looked up. The shade has 3 separate scenes with gorgeous design in between. Most lithophanes were left white, but this one has the added benefit of having been reverse hand painted and fired on to color the picture, as well as topped and rimmed with porcelain with gold gilding like the base. The base has a bronze capital as well as a bronze ring. This lamp used to be a gas lamp and still has some of the hardware at the top left as well as a place for the cord to come out, which used to be for the gas line. It has been re-wired with an old in-line switch in the wire to turn on. This lamp is definitely a piece of art history! The lamp stands 26 1/2" tall, the shade is 11 1/4" across and the base is 5 1/2" across. Any overcharge of shipping to your area will be refunded. Thanks for looking!