This attractive pair of vintage chalkware Japanese figural lamps were manufactured approximately 1920-1935.


Regarding the country of origin, although much chalkware was produced in Europe and the United States, we believe this pair of lamps to have been manufactured in Japan. They are approximately eighty years old. Both finials and harps are original to the lamps.

COMMENT: Large interesting pieces of chalkware are very desirable amongst collectors and decorators of today. More current versions of chalkware lamps are referred to as Reglor designer lamps of California that were manufactured during 1950s and are very uniquely kitsch and flashy. This pair of chalkware lamps is more reserved and can easily fit into a more traditional decor. Reglor chalkware definitely fits with a funky fifties decor.

What is Chalkware? Chalkware was a terminology that was loosely used, a misnomer, to actually describe objects that were manufactured from gypsum, an ingredient in "plaster-of-Paris". Such wares originally began in Italy and Europe as early as 1850 and continued with great gusto until 1890. In the United States such wares were being produced by Italian immigrants in Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Originally referred to as "the poor-man's porcelain" because it was copied from molds of expensive Staffordshire pottery and porcelain figures which originally only the wealthy could afford. The chalkware was molded and painted and was affordable for the masses. The demand in America for ornamental wares produced a viable market for these chalkwares. Initially during the turn of the century, circa 1900, up to the late 1930s, such wares were sold cheaply and given out as prizes at carnivals which gave way for the terminology "carnival chalkware." Some of these wares were so attractive that it gave way to being housed in some of the more affluent homes of the time as time went by. Consequently some of the older and larger pieces from the 1850s period are seeing prices into the thousands (2,000.00-3,000.00) price range. Of course this is only for the super rare and well executed pieces. Time is always relevant in terms of objects of yesteryear and today's prices. If we look at Reglor chalkware lamps from the 1950-1960, we will be astounded at the prices in today's market. Some Reglor pieces are into the high hundreds and even into the thousands of dollars.

Today many people like the retro, fun and funky look that many of these chalkware pieces offer in home decor. So today chalkware figurines and lamps are again enjoying a revival and live again as conversation pieces in home and office decor.


CIRCA: 1920-1935

Lamp Height:

  • 22" (without shade, from base of lamp to top of light socket)
  • 31" (with shade, including harp)

Base Diameter:

  • 6" by 6"


  • All Table Lamps are sold for the value of their bases and not for the value of their shades.
  • If shades come with lamps, they are included as complimentary at no extra charge.
  • With or without the shades, the lamps are the same price.
  • Should a client wish not to take the complimentary shade, lamp prices will NOT be adjusted.
  • Pairs of lamps are sold only as a pair and are NOT sold as singles!

Preferably clients are requested to visit our store location for inspection and pick-up of lamps and other lighting.

CONDITION: There has been some paint touch-up here and there which is not recommended, however this is how they were found. Both lamps have some minor chipping here and there which is not extremely noticeable. Some chipping on chalkware is to be expected and acceptable for pieces of this vintage. Most pieces of chalkware found will have some minor chipping or flaking of the paint. The lady lamp has chipping on the bottom of her right hand in which she holds a Buddha statue. There is a chip on the base of the lady lamp to the right near bottom. Restoration can be executed but not necessary.


SALE PRICE: $130.00

Special Note:

Furniture and Lighting items can only be purchased at our store located at 1646 Queen St West Toronto, Ontario.


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