Antique Pair of Double Happiness Oil Lamps, China (16915BAE) $295


H: 9.5″  W: 5.25″  D” 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING

Each of the antique carved wood oil lamps of this pair is filled with auspicious symbols to bring health, wealth and happiness to its owner – both in the past and in the present. Their vertical shafts are composed of stylized double happiness characters mounted on a rounded stand on four feet. Painted in gold and red for good luck, their articulated decorative rectangular tops are covered with carved lozenge designs and five-leaf plum blossoms on each side.


The pair of antique oil lamps was clearly meant to bring good luck and happiness to its owners. Painted with gold and red, both colors fu or good fortune, they are decorated on  top with a double lozenge, a diamond shaped symbol often depicted as two interlocked diamonds that represent the form of an ancient musical instrument. It is considered a lucky object that is a homophone for victory (sheng), a protective sign casting out demons.  Meaning “many treasures” and a common reference to the Eight Treasures (babao) and since ba, (eight) rhymes with fa (to expand), the double lozenge is a visual pun “to expand in wealth” which explains why the number 8 is a Chinese lucky number. The five leaves are plum blossoms, symbols of perseverance and purity, and the Five Blessings or Happinesses – wealth, health, longevity, a peaceful death and the love of virtue, common Taoist and Popular Religion references. This folk-art oil lamp was used with a wick hanging over the side, so some of top and part of its side rail has been burned away. Otherwise, this antique-Chinese wood-carving pair is in very good condition with surface losses, minor pitting all expected from age and use.


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


18th-19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 9.50” W: 5.25” D: 3.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 24.13cm W: 13.33cm D: 8.89cm


1 lb 8oz


Very good, see description

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Item Number

16915 BAE