25 October 2007
This lot is offered without a reserve
A MATCHED PAIR OF MEISSEN FLOWER-ENCRUSTED FIGURAL THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, ONE WITH INCISION AND PROBABLY OUTSIDE-DECORATED, INCISED M 945 AND 9(?)6, VARIOUS IMPRESSED AND PAINTED NUMERALS
In the Rococo taste, one with a cloaked Diogenes searching for an honest person or truth with a lantern, the cask where he lives at the reverse, the other as the philospher with a sack of coins, various minting tools laying about, raised on four scroll feet
11½ in. (29.2 cm) high (2)
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Diogenes was the most famous of the Cynic philosophers. He lived as a beggar and considered poverty a virtue. Believing money created false morals, he was banished from his home of Sinope after tampering with the local coinage.
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