Antique Chinese Opium Lamps


  • Set of Two
  • £2,506
  • €2,850 Euro
  • $2,788 US Dollar


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Antique Chinese Opium Lamps

Opium smokers used opium lamps to make vaping and inhaling the opium easier. These lamps, which contained spirits in their base, were specifically designed to channel an exact amount of heat upward through funnel-shaped chimneys. The smoker held the pipe bowl of his opium pipe above the lighted lamp, which caused the small dose of opium in the bowl to vaporize, allowing the smoker to inhale the vapours of the drug. The opium lamps could be crafted from brass, silver or paktong (an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel). The metal parts were often decorated with cloisonné enamel. The chimneys of the opium lamps were made from glass.


  • H: 13cm (5.12in)
  • W: 7cm (2.76in)


19th Century

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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