Pair of famille rose candlesticks, each with a foliate-edged square base and balustrade fluted stem surmounted by a cylindrical ribbed candle holder, painted on the base with eight flowerheads amongst leaves above a turquoise-enamel scrolling band with four further flowerheads beneath the balustrade, painted on each flute with leaves dispersed between prunus flowerheads.

7 3/16 inches, 18.2 cm high.

Qianlong, circa 1740.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Questa Antichita, Turin, Italy, with label.
  • An identical pair is illustrated by Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos in The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, A Collector’s Vision, Volume Two, no. 271, p. 137, where the author notes ‘The shape of these candlesticks is based on a European silver prototype, probably of English origin, dating to the second quarter of the eighteenth century, when this shape was very popular, judging by the pair in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, identical to these, but made in Oporto in the mid eighteenth century.’
  • A related pair is illustrated by A. Varela Santos in Yongzheng, Chinese Export Porcelain, A Private Collection, no. 39, pp. 112/3.