THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A PAIR OF MEISSEN KAKIEMON CANDLESTICKS
each of baroque metal form, picked out in gilding and painted with the 'wheatsheaf' pattern, crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue, Dreher's mark of four incised dots
height 9½ in.
To each candlestick,
There is an area of spray to the underside of each foot, approximately 1/4 of the circumference. The associated area on the outer edge is not sprayed. One candle stick with an edge of a molded rib restored, located above the waisted foot.
Some rubbing to gilding.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Candlesticks of this form and decoration were in the Royal Collection of Saxony. The inventory of the Turmzimmer in 1769 lists under 'N=221', 'Zwanzig Stück Tafel-Leuchter, mit vergoldten Rändern, und kleinen Blumen nach Indianis. Mahlerey, 10 1/2 Zoll hoch', [twenty candlesticks, with gilt borders, and small flowers after the Indies], (Claus Boltz, "Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769", Keramos, Volume 153, July 1996, p. 82.) A pairing bearing such inventory numbers was sold in these rooms, April 15, 2016, lot 236. The form was included in the first privately commissioned Meissen service completed in 1738 for Graf Alexander von Sulkowski (1695-1762) and is thought to have derived from Augsburg silver.