Floral Bliss

By Karen Parr-Moody


Antique lovers will find that, no matter what the season, flowers are always in bloom at GasLamp, from chintz plates to charming lamps.Floral designs are a testimony to spring’s renewal, year-round.


The tureen and plates, in the photo at right, date to the 1930s and are a wonderful example of chintz ware ceramics ($225; Booth T-700). These items, trimmed in gold and scattered with dainty flowers, are from the fabulous pattern “Jacobean” by F. Winkle of England. Like all chintz, they are inspired by floral-printed cotton imported from India in the late 17th century (such fabrics were called “Chintes,” which is the Hindu word meaning “to sprinkle with”). Chintz ware was popular from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.


The look of French and Italian toleware’s blooms, such as those seen in this brass lamp with tole leaves and porcelain flowers (left), are an identifying characteristic of the genre ($68; Booth B-106). This lamp is typical of toleware: Each arm represents stems with leaves and blooms. It is also typical of the range of toleware, as some styles can be simpler, as this one, while others are more ornate. Toleware pieces can complement a long list of décor genres, including Hollywood Regency, shabby chic, eclectic, French, and Italian.


The ‘Golden Age’ of Japanese cloisonné enamels was reached during the years 1880 to 1910. With the art of cloisonné, one enamels an object, typically made of copper, using fine wires to delineate the decorative areas. Enamel paste is applied into these areas, which are called “cloisons” in French, hence the tern “cloisonné.” The object is then fired and polished.


The vases in the photo, right, are from China and date to the 1950s, a period in which many styles were tailored to Western tastes (photo, right; pair of vases, $895; Booth T-504). They are 15 inches tall, feature a beautiful grouping of flowers and are set on teak bases.


Fans of the 1939 classic “Gone with the Wind” will remember that many rooms in the Atlanta mansion Rhett bought for himself and Scarlett were lit by lamps that looked like the one in the photo at left. True to their nouveau riche ascent, the Butlers decorated their rooms with all of the pomp of Victorian finery – even though such lamps were actually created a little later, during the mid-to-late 1870s, than the period depicted in the film. Today such lamps, with their two globes, are often called “Gone with the Wind” lamps. They typically feature hand-painted flowers; this one’s globes are encircled in simple flowers made of brass ($198; Booth B-288).


If you love Capodimonte, then these two vases are a wonderful find at only $215 for the pair (Booth T-114). Each one contains an abundance of raised flowers formed from delicate porcelain. Capodimonte, which in Italian means “Top of the Hill,” made its debut under Charles III of Naples (1716-1788). The soft-paste wares were first produced by a factory established in 1743 at the Palazzo of Capodimonte until 1759; it was moved to Buen Retiro, near Madrid, when Charles became king of Spain.


When spring warms the air, it is nearly impossible to ignore the flowers bursting open everywhere. But when one brings floral motifs into one’s house, the beauty can continue throughout the seasons.



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