A rare painted enamel candlestick



18th century
Height to top of drip-pan: 17 in, 43.1 cm

with a spreading foot, a wide lower drip-pan with an everted rim, a long knopped stem and a U-shaped upper drip-pan. The candlestick is decorated in the famille-rose palette with Buddhist Emblems, alternating with roundels of fruits and flowers, on a pink ground embellished with a gilt geometric pattern, between bands of flowers and leaves, ruyi lappets, and four-petalled blossoms. The knop is painted with a gilt flower scroll on a lapis-lazuli blue ground, and the interior of the upper drip-pan with a large central blossom and a band of pendent trefoils. The interior of the foot is covered with turquoise enamel.