Handmade artisan silk Chinese lantern.
The artist has retired, sorry
These lanterns have a naturally shabby chic styling with a coating made to an ancient recipe utilising barks and plants to create the glue on the exterior of each lantern. The natural glue made from barks plus contemporary paints used then tiny cute hooks to attach the lanterns when they open up from being flat are what contributes to their typical nostalgic appearance and feel.
This methodology has been handed down through generations of the family of artisan lantern makers. A delightful gift for recipients to keep and hand down to generations.
Each silk lantern is delicately calligraphically painted with differing brightly coloured seasonal flowers on the wonderfully faded huuues of the lampshade. They include contemporary symbols to bring blessings to your household and each one is different according to the mood and seasonal taste of the artist.
Folds flat. 15-25 watt bulb can be attached after threading wiring and attaching fixture. Otherwise just hang near a bright light as they reflect and pick up light wonderfully. These lanterns display a delightful joy in nature and careful realization of the flowers displaying the signature brush work of the artist. Scripted symbols are for luck.
As used in Baz Luuuuurrrrrrhmnan's Australia.
Lanterns and candles are lit in front of images of the departed to guide their souls during Halloween in China called Teng Chieh.
Lanterns are paraded and used in Chinese New Year and Chinese Valentines Day. In Japan lanterns are used in Obon Japanese Day of the Dead August.
On the 4th Saturday in July in the pueblo of Tsushima in Japan a 500 year old festival is still celebrated in the traditional manner with many boats floating on the harbour each with 365 glowing lanterns to stave off summer plagues, it is said.
As in the past there are jugglers, hawkers, entertainers, food and an opportunity to mingle, that is how we made new liasons throughout history. Japan Mexico Korea and China have long shared paper making secrets possibly springing from Mexico. Historians always forget that people have been using boats to trade and migrate since being able to build something to float. Historians appear to only examine land routes and have their own biases so forget to look at how people move about the planet and why aside from when they are enforced.
Colours available are: Duvet White, Scream Green, Flamingo Pink, Strange Orange and Mellow Yellow, immaculate aqua and Reach for Peach. Small 34 cm, Large 54 cm. Each comes with a tassel. Shapes are pear, hexagonal and melon. Note preference on notes or email Holy Kitsch!
LANTERN AVAILABILITY IS FINISHED, LAST ARTIST IN FAMILY LINE HAS RETIRED. MIGHT BE ABLE TO LOCATE ONE OR TWO
SOME ARE PEAR SHAPED, SOME HEXAGONAL AND SOME MELON IF YOU HAVE A STRONG PREFERENCE LET HOLY KNOW.
A delight filled art piece quite lengthy when you see it real life and a fantastic history of brush work and characters with brush work illustrations beautifully thought through difficult to figure from short except see the full version at LACMA Los Angeles Asian Pavilion!
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