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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 203

    A VERY RARE PAIR OF PAINTED ENAMEL 'LION' CANDLE-HOLDERS

    GUANGZHOU, YONGZHENG/EARLY QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1730-1740

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    A VERY RARE PAIR OF PAINTED ENAMEL 'LION' CANDLE-HOLDERS
    GUANGZHOU, YONGZHENG/EARLY QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1730-1740
    Each in the form of a buddhistic lion with right forepaw resting on an attribute, one on a compressed globular ball painted with foliate scroll, the other a small rectangular stand with spreading circular base, each with whimsical expression as it looks forward with teeth bared and eyes wide open below bushy brows, the body with repoussé ears, mane and tail curled over the left rear haunch, the body delicately painted in shades of yellow and reddish-brown with segmented fur and rows of whorls along the backbone, the head of each surmounted by a pear-shaped vessel painted with foliate scroll and applied with rows of projecting leaves, the upper four leaves supporting a wax pan shaped as an open lotus blossom with everted petals rising from a stippled yellow center
    9½ in. (24 cm.) high (2)


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    The only other published candle holder of this unusual form was included in the exhibition, Chinese Painted Enamels of the 18th Century, The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, 14 October - 6 November 1993, no. 21, and exhibited again by Roger Keverne, London, Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics, June 2005, no. 58. This is now in a private collection.

    Similar lotus blossom wax pans can be seen on the set of four extraordinary Canton enamel candlesticks modeled as Moorish figures, which were sold in our London rooms, 27 June 1977, lot 243. See, also, the similar wax pans on a painted enamel candelabrum, commissioned in Canton in 1740 by a supercargo of the Danish East India Company, which is now in Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, and illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Chinese Furniture, Tokyo/New York/San Francisco, 1979, p. 154, fig. 207.

    Provenance

    J. A. Lloyd Hyde; Christie's, London, 8 July 1974, lot 268 and color frontispiece.


    Literature

    J. A. Lloyd Hyde, Chinese Painted Enamels, The China Institute in America, New York, 1969-70, no. 55, p. 39.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Painted Enamels, The China Institute in America, New York, 23 October 1969 - 1 February 1970, no. 55.