Related examples to the present pair include a pair with similar bases and gilt phoenix-head tops seen in a painting from an album ‘Strolling in the Moonlight’ by Chen Mei (c. 1694-1745) illustrated in The Golden Exile: Pictorial Expressions of the School of Western Missionaries’ Artworks of the Qing Dynasty Court, Museu de Arte de Macau, Macau, 2002, cat. no. 45, and a phoenix-head zitan pair photographed in a reception room in Imperial Life in the Qing Dynasty, Treasures from the Shenyang Palace Museum, Singapore, 1990, p. 58. Compare also a smaller pair of black lacquer and gilt phoenix-head lantern stands sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 7th July 2003, lot 60, and another pair described as 18th century and imperial of zitan wood also sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28th November 2012, lot 2041.
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