17 December 1998
A pair of ormolu-mounted porcelain Candlesticks
by the Popov Factory, Moscow, mid-19th century
Cylindrical, the spreading base painted with garden flowers on black grounds in six compartments borders by gilt scrolls on white ground, the column painted with two cartouches of garden flowers on white ground within gilt rococco floral and scroll borders on green ground, with gilt stylized leaf mounts and socket, marked under bases
10¼in. (26cm.) high (2)
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For another pair of candlesticks see L. Nikiforova, Russian Porcelain in the Hermitage Collection, (Leningrad, 1973), no.91 illustrated.
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