A rare famille-rose porcelain sconce

A rare famille-rose porcelain sconce


Qianlong period
Length: 6 1/4 in, 15.9 cm

The branch is in the form of an arm, with the hand clutching the candle-holder, issuing from a teardrop-shaped bracket decorated with cloud scrolls in bright enamels. The arm is glazed white with a gilt bracelet and a gilt base to the candle-holder.

See Clayton, The Collector’s Dictionary of Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America, pl. 38, for a pair of silver-gilt sconces with branches in the form of human arms, bearing London hallmarks for 1684, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For similar examples, see Howard and Ayers, China for the West: Chinese Porcelain and other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection, no. 172, p. 177; and Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain: Chine de Commande, pl. 113, in the collection of the Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden.

Note also a pair of similar painted enamel sconces in Kjellberg, Svenska Ostindiska Compagnierna 1731–1813: Kryddor, Te, Porslin, Siden, facing p. 221.