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.