This spectacular porcelain and brass table lamp, hand painted in the Chinoiserie fashion, was produced by the Paul Hanson Company in the 1960's. On the pure white baluster-shaped base that's edged top and bottom in cobalt blue, there are gilded ribbons in jade green, Chinese red and the same dark blue. The scrolled base, the cap and the stem are all heavy high quality brass, as are the harp and the ball finial, both of which we believe are the original ones. Typically, just the front is decorated; the plain back is shown in photograph # 5.
The lamp takes a 3-way bulb and works perfectly with all the electrical parts in very good condition. No cracks, no chips in the porcelain and the brass is in excellent condition, with one mark on the brass cap (photograph # 8).The colors are still fresh and bright, as is all of the gilding. The lamp measures 18 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bulb socket and 27 1/2 inches tall to the top of the finial. The lamp is 24 inches in circumference at the shoulder, about 8 inches front to back and weighs a substantial 8 pounds, 4 ounces. The classic Paul Hanson label is in its expected spot on the socket. There may be additional marks on the bottom of the base, but we've chosen not to remove the felt. The shade is not included.
The high end quality and designs of Paul Hanson lamps are so respected that in 1987, famed interior designer Jay Spectre included them as part of his home furnishings line, retailing at stores like Bloomingdale's for $240 to $495. Reputedly, Paul Hanson was one of the largest lighting companies of the 20th century, with showrooms in nine cities and a factory in Carlstadt, New Jersey, according to their 1979 catalog. This Paul Hanson lamp will be the jewel in any room in your home.
FYI: The vintage lamps we sell are all in working order when we ship them to you, but we do recommend that you have them checked out for long-term use by a licensed electrician, since we are not electrical experts.