A pair of famille rose candlesticks with tree-shrews, circa 1785. Estimate 6,000 – $9,000 USD. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015.
Each candlestick modeled as column of bamboo with dragon-form handle, an iron-red tree shrew at its base forming a small box and cover, another brown tree-shrew eating fruit nearby, the rim with a cell border; 8 in. (20 cm.) high; 5 ½ in. (14 cm.) diameter
Literature: op. cit., p. 145, no. 9.2.
Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.