AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF PUCE-ENAMELED 'BAJIXIANG' CANDLESTICKS, QIANLONG SEAL MARKS AND PERIOD
AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF PUCE-ENAMELED 'BAJIXIANG' CANDLESTICKS
QIANLONG SEAL MARKS AND PERIOD
清乾隆 胭脂紅彩纏枝蓮八吉祥紋燭台一對 《大清乾隆年製》款
each with a bell-shaped base rising to a knobbed section supporting a dished tray with an everted rim, surmounted by a tapering columnar neck and a smaller detachable tray on top, the exterior enameled with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' amidst large stylized lotus blooms borne on meandering leafy stems, bands of ruyi heads, keyfret and spearhead bordering each section, the base interior enameled in turquoise, the front of the dish tray with a horizontal six-character seal mark within a rectangular cartouche (2)
Height 6 in., 15.2 cm
Both trays on each candlestick have been neatly re-adhered to the standard, (interior central hole) and one top tray has a hairline crack approx. 2.8 cm long. Both have old glue residual to the base. Each with a few scratches and minor surface wear.
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Collection of Avery Brundage (1887-1975).
Collection of Dr. James D. Thornton (1921-2018).
One gifted to a Southern Institution in 1976, the other in 1978.
Avery Brundage (1887-1975) 收藏
James D. Thornton 醫生 (1921-2018) 收藏
Qianlong-marked puce-enameled candlesticks of this form are extremely rare; see one, but of much larger size, sold in these rooms, 15th March 2017, lot 535. Candlesticks of this type were generally created as part of five-piece altar garniture sets, which comprised of a censer, two gu vases and two candlesticks, and decorated in various color combinations. A Qianlong mark and period censer painted in puce enamel with confronting dragons was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th November 1980, lot 413.
Larger Qianlong mark and period candlesticks of this form were created in a variety of palettes; for example see a doucai version, sold in our London rooms, 6th November 2013, lot 176; and a yellow-ground famille-rose-decorated pair, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th April 2007, lot 515.