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734

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A RARE SANCAI-GLAZED CANDLE STAND
TANG DYNASTY
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Lot. Vendu 17,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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734

SOLD BY THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

A RARE SANCAI-GLAZED CANDLE STAND
TANG DYNASTY
Estimation
20 00030 000
Lot. Vendu 17,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A RARE SANCAI-GLAZED CANDLE STAND
TANG DYNASTY
the cylindrical candle holder centering a circular drip pan raised on a ridged columnar support above a larger drip pan, all raised on a flared foot, covered overall with amber, green and cream glaze in vertically-oriented splashes
Height 10 5/8  in., 27 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Russell M. Tyson (1867-1963)
Gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago in 1951 (acc. no. 1951-0306).

Description

The present elegantly modeled candle holder is inspired by a bronze prototype. The wealth and sophistication enjoyed by the Tang elite encouraged the production of numerous luxury wares, among which were sophisticated and attractive lamps. Oil lamps had long been used but there are also numerous references to beeswax candles which would have been inserted into the present stand.

A similar glazed candlestick in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art, University of Durham, and formerly in the Macdonald Collection, is illustrated by William Watson, Tang and Liao Ceramics, London, 1984, pl. 42. Another stand of the same form but primarily blue and amber-glazed, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties, 1996, Hong Kong, pl. 207. A pair of the same form and decoration was sold at Christie's New York, 20th September 2005, lot 194.  For a bronze example of this form see the lamp attributed to the Six Dynasties, sold in these rooms 6th December 1983, lot 21.

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