A large pair of Famille Rose court lady candleholders, circa 1770. Estimate $40,000 – $60,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015
Each modeled in mirror image of the other and holding a gu-form candle-nozzle, the robes decorated in vivid famille rose enamels, with an outer garment of iron-red and an underskirt of yellow, standing on a molded lotus leaf; 16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high
Literature: op. cit., p.103, no. 5.4.
Notes: Pairs of court ladies in the form of candlesticks are well documented but rare, especially of this size. The present pair is particularly fine, having very expressive and well-molded faces as well as such rich decoration to the robes. The bases in the form of curled lily pads or lotus leaves are also unusual. An almost identical pair in coloring and model is illustrated in Important Chinese Export Porcelain, The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, 1995, p. 78, no. 60.
Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza