Description & Technical information

This extraordinary pair of Canton enamel sconces stand out from the very few known examples by having three-dimensional birds and flowers applied, thus adding to their rarity and importance.

The glass arms are of later date.

Date:  1750
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Enamel
Dimensions: 40.5 x 23.5 x 23 cm (16 x 9¹/₄ x 9 inches)
Provenance: The King of Portugal.
Private collection, Switzerland.
Literature: ‘The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition handbook’, London, 1962, p. 55; another related pair.
David S. Howard, A Tale of Three Cities: Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, 1997, p. 137, illus. 202.

Illustrated:
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, London 2014, pp. 44-47;
Ronald Phillips, Masterpieces, London 2016, pp. 20/21.
Categories: Furniture