PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION
A PAIR OF CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'SHOU' CANDLESTICKS
QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
each supported on a rectangular base and rising to a large stylised shou character in openwork forming the shaft, all below a foliate-shaped pan enamelled with lotus blossoms, fitted with a lobed column beneath a smaller tray set with a gilt-bronze pricket
Height 36.8 and 36.5 cm, 14½ and 14⅜ in.
The one candlestick has circa 2cm., areas of enamel restoration to each side of the bottom ends of the 'shou' character, restoration to enamels around the quatre-foil pricket drip tray and rubbing and loss to the gilded decoration on both.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare a candlestick of this type, modelled with a xi (‘double-happiness’) character as the shaft, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in The Palace Museum. Enamels. 4. Cloisonne in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Bejing, 2011, pl. 36.