Candlestick

DATE:
c. 1775–1800
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain, gilt
CLASSIFICATION:
Lighting Devices
DIMENSIONS:
9 3/4 × 5 1/2 × 5 3/8 in. (24.77 × 13.97 × 13.65 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Library, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.900

General Description

Candlesticks are uncommon in Chinese export porcelain, and this example from the Reves Collection appears to be especially rare. It was evidently modeled after mid-18th-century European metal examples. The shape of its "drop-base" is similar to 18th-century English silver and brass samples. However, the flattened central shaft and the double ionic volutes are highly unusual and may stem from the Chinese potter's misinterpretation of or experimentation with the imported pattern.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 113.

Web Resources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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