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A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE MOULDED CANDLESTICK
A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE MOULDED CANDLESTICK

YONGZHENG UNDERGLAZE-BLUE FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE MOULDED CANDLESTICK
YONGZHENG UNDERGLAZE-BLUE FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
Exquisitely moulded and enamelled around the tripod base with meandering floral scrolls, each side with a central medallion enclosing a single bloom framed by a garland of further smaller blooms, the tall stem emanating from a chalice-form base with floral scrolls above a band of stiff leaves, the upper section with a wide band of swirling chilong picked out in iron-red and supporting the broad dish-form receptacle
17 7/8 in. (45 cm.) high

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Originally forming part of a five-piece altar set comprising a censer, two vases and two candlesticks, which would have been used in a Buddhist temple, this candlestick demonstrates not only the skill of the potter but also of the enameller. Probably the rarest of the forms still existing from such altar sets are the candlesticks due to their vulnerable form.

A Yongzheng three-piece altar set (a censer and two vases) similarly decorated and moulded to the present lot, from the Estate of the late Colonel H. S. Stern, was sold in these rooms 7 April 1982, lot 62. A vase from the collection of W. T. Walters is illustrated by S. W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, 1980 ed., pl. XX; and another vase was sold in in our New York Rooms, 20 March 2001, lot 273.

A closely related vase in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji; Jingdezhen caihui ciqi (The Great Treasury of Chinese Ceramics; Jingdezhen Painted Porcelain), Shanghai, 1981, vol. 21, pl. 99.

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