Finely cast and brilliantly enameled, the technique, palette and ornamentation of the present candlesticks are distinctly Qing in style while the form is a clear reference to antiquity in accordance with the decorative trends of the Qianlong period. Such candlesticks would have comprised part of a five-piece altar garniture which would have been employed for religious or ritual ceremonies.
See a complete champlevé enamel set consisting of an incense burner, a pair of vases and a pair of candlesticks, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch’ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, pl. 155. See further a cloisonné enamel set from the collection of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, New York, sold in these rooms, 15th March 2016, lot 128. Compare also a pair of champlevé enamel candlesticks of similar form, sold in our London rooms, 6th November 2013, lot 132.