30" Blue & White Eight Treasures Temple Jar Lamp
Customize your table lamp with the lamp base, shade, and finial of your choice and enjoy free shipping on all Avala lamps and porcelain products! This lamp comes on your choice of acrylic, rosewood, or beveled wood bases. The rosewood and wooden bases also may be gilded with a gold leaf finish for an additional charge. Lamps with gilded finish will come with a gold leaf finial. Lamps with acrylic bases will typically come with an acrylic finial unless you see a different finial pictured with the lamp body, base, and shade of your choice. The lamp bodies can also be antiqued for an older look as depicted in the second image. Please note, that pleated shades may be selected for an additional charge. For assistance with placing orders, please call us at (781) 631-5555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an Eight Treasures Temple Jar?
The term, 'Temple Jar' was coined by western buyers of those Chinese export jars, which in China are referred to as a jiangjun guan (general or marshal jar), due to the resemblance of the cover with its finial to an army general's helmet. This jar shape first appeared in Jiajing through Wanli (1522-1620) reigns of the Ming dynasty, and it became quite popular during the Kangxi period (1662-1722). It is also known to many collectors today as a 'Baluster Jar' because of its baluster-like form. The word baluster refers to an architectural 'turned vase' shape common in balcony and stair case rails. As a porcelain ware, this specific shape began as an elongated covered jar in the early 18th century, as part of decorative 'garniture' sets originally made for the Dutch Market. These sets were made in a matching series of similar vases and lidded jars which could be combined in sets of three, five, or seven.
The wider fuller form Baluster Jar -or- Temple Jar, depicted in this table lamp originally evolved from the hu (jar) shape in bronzes dating back to the Chinese Han dynasty. Lidded jars of this fuller form, were widely used as wine or water jars in Macao during the late Ming dynasty.
This hand painted Chinese blue and white porcelain temple jar and cover is raised on a spreading foot with a scrolling ground decorated with the Eight Treasures, also known as the Eight Precious Things, or babao in Chinese. The jar's shoulder bears four molded foo lion masks just under the Chinese meandering 'Greek Key' fret border encircling the collar. The Eight Treasures are a small, but popular subset of a much larger list and decorative pattern of the Hundred Treasures, also known as the Hundred Antiques which became popular in the 17th century and is commonly found in Chinese art during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
The Eight Treasures on this baluster jar are each supported on a cloud, above and below a key fret border on the lid rim and short neck.
1) The wish-granting pearl. Also known as the flaming pearl which symbolizes the granting of wishes.
2) The double lozenges. These symbolize happiness in marriage and they counteract maleficent influences.
3) The stone chime. This symbolizes a just and upright life.
4) The pair of rhinoceros horns. These symbolize happiness.
5) The double coins. These symbolize wealth.
6) The gold or silver ingot. Known as yuanbao in Chinese, these are small good luck coins that symbolize prosperity and good fortune.
7) The "iron tree" coral. This treasure from the sea symbolizes longevity and official promotion among the nine grades of government ranks.
8) The wish-granting scepter. Known as ruyi in Chinese, this word literally means "as one wishes", but it has a cultural meaning dating back thousands of years to the Yellow Emperor and the Han dynasty. It has become a rich symbol of power, peace, and happiness for the Chinese people.
Why should you buy this table lamp?
For those designers and home owners who appreciate bespoke works of art and beauty, these one of a kind table lamps bring the utility of ambient light into your home on the body of a hand-made and hand-decorated porcelain vessel that was created with the unique artistry of long-honored Chinese motifs and imperial patterns along with the same potting, painting, and firing methods used in the ancient kilns of Jingdezhen, China.
What else should you know before you buy this lamp?
Shade measurements and related details below are specific to the lamp, shade, base, and finial shown in the first image of the picture gallery. While some images may depict wider shade trims, please be aware that all shades come with a 1/2" trim only.
Since these works of art are hand-made, measurements are approximate and can vary depending on the potter who is making the piece. Slight differences in size do not constitute defect. Because these porcelain vessels are hand-decorated, color and design can also vary depending on the artist applying the cobalt decoration or polychrome enamels, as well as the temperature of the kilns used to fire these pieces. Differences in color or decoration do not constitute defect. Handmade and hand decorated, all lamps are made to order. If purchasing a pair, please order them at the same time so we can ensure a close match.
Please review the product details and our shipping and returns policies. Make To Order (MTO) items are not returnable. Again, differences in color, size, and decoration, do not constitute defect. While we warranty that they will arrive free of damage or defects, there are rules to follow when making a warranty claim. We encourage our customers to read our Warranty Policy before making their purchase.
Since these lamps are made to order, please allow 2 to 3 weeks for your item to arrive.
Weights and Measurements
30"H x 16"W x 16"D
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Shade Bottom Diameter
Features and Specifications
Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911)
Imperial Reign Period
Table Lamp Shape
Baluster Jar and Cover
Table Lamp Material
Table Lamp Color(s)
Table Lamp Color Pattern
Blue and White
Lamp Base Material
Lamp Base Finish/Color
Number of Lights
Recommended Bulb Shape
Recommended Bulb Type
3-Way Bulb is optional, but not required.
Required Bulb Base
Maximum Wattage per Bulb
Shade Fitter Type
Shade Fitter Style
Shade Fitter Finish
WARNING: Never use ammonia-based cleaning agents to clean any part of this lamp. These agents will cause an acrylic or Lucite base to become cloudy which is irreversible once damaged. They will also remove the finish from a rosewood stand or wooden lamp base.
When cleaning an acrylic base and porcelain lamp body, use only a non-abrasive damp cloth, preferably a microfiber towel or lint-free cloth. Dampen the cloth with warm water and wipe down the lamp and base.
When cleaning a wooden or rosewood base, never use water or liquid cleaning agents. Use only a dry non-abrasive lint-free cloth. Do not dampen the cloth as this will remove the rosewood or gold leaf finish.
Hardback shades are not washable. To clean the hardback shade, only use a dry, soft microfiber towel or lint-free cloth and wipe down gently until all noticeable dust and dirt is removed.
Supplier Approved Use
Country of Origin
Made in China. Assembled in USA.
PROP 65 WARNING for California Residents
This product might expose you to chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/
Shipping and Returns
Free Shipping! Room Tonic offers free shipping on delivery of all Avala International table lamps in the contiguous United States. All lamps are made to order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Make to Order (MTO) items may not be returned. For more information, please see our Returns Policy.
LIMITED WARRANTY ON SHIPPING DAMAGE OR DEFECTS
Room Tonic warranties that all items will be delivered free of damage or defects.
Should any damage occur during shipping, customer must inform Room Tonic's Customer Service within 3 business days of delivery and customer must take photographs or video to illustrate the damages with the product in place and unremoved from the original packaging. Images and/or video must be sent to Room Tonic Customer Service upon request.
If any defects are discovered or observed, customer must inform Room Tonic's Customer Service within 3 business days of delivery and customer must take photographs or video of such defects and send them to Room Tonic Customer Service upon request.
Room Tonic will inform you if return shipping is required, in which case the product must be re-packed in the original packaging and a prepaid shipping label will be provided to you. Upon receipt of the returned item, a replacement will be shipped to you. In the event that such item is out of stock, Room Tonic will issue a full refund.
Due to the fragility of porcelain and the nature of Room Tonic's Limited Warranty and Free Shipping policy with Avala products, we can not and will not accept returns for any reason other than damage during delivery or manufacturer defect, both of which must be disclosed within three business days of confirmed delivery. Manufacturer defect deals with anything mechanical in the lamp hardware that is not operating properly. Any apparent accidental breakage at the hand of a customer, or the handler on behalf of a customer, will not be replaced or refunded. Please inspect your delivery at the time of unpackaging and be camera-ready to capture any damage, cracks, or breakage at the time of unpackaging. Also be camera ready to capture pictures or video to illustrate immediate defects with the lamp itself or its mechanics.
About the Brand
AUTHENTIC HOME FURNISHINGS AT THE HIGHEST QUALITY
Porcelain table lamps carried by Avala International Inc. are made in China using thousand-year old firing and glazing techniques to create works of art including Ming style underglaze blue and white, Kangxi polychrome enamel designs, Qianlong Famille Rose, Imari, and much more.