Description & Technical information

Qianlong period 
European Market
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain candlesticks modelled as standing maidens bearing gu form vases, the robes with elaborate medallions.
    Pairs of court ladies in the form of candlesticks like this are well documented but this pair are particularly fine having very expressive and well moulded faces, as well as unusual and rich decoration to the robes. Pairs of court ladies such as these were used as table decorations in the eighteenth century.

Date:  1760
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 33 cm (13 inches)
Provenance: The Popowich Collection; previously with Cohen & Cohen.

Literature: References: Howard & Ayers 1978, p615 No 644 - a single example similar to these;  p614, No 643, another pair which it is suggested are derived from a chinoiserie original; Howard 1994, p258 No 307, another pair; No 308, another pair; Williamson 1970, plate LIX, various single examples of the type; Sharpe 2002, p209, a pair of ladies with lotus candleholders also derived from chinoiserie models but with unusual feather shoulder mantles possibly of South American influence; Cohen & Cohen 2001, p44, a pair; 2004, cat 26, a pair, 2007,  cat 16, a large pair with very similar decoration as this pair.

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art