Pair of Rare Chinese candlestick figures, Ladies Children & Birds, c. 1780,

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Rare pair of Chinese porcelain candlestick figures, each modelled as a maiden holding a red vase-shaped candle sconce, a seated child at her side holding a turquoise parrot, their clothing coloured in green & red ground with with gilt flowers, her coat with famille rose flowerheads and a fine collar of peacock feathers, the whole set on a, octagonal slab base coloured in turquoise with red edge.

Qianglong, circa 1780

 

A very unusual format, with a child and a parrot to the side in a place where other examples show a single animal, such as a bird or a deer. 

 

 

Condition

some small areas of restoration, including: hairpiece, candle sconce, bird beak on one figure

Size

23cm high

References

Various collection labels, including The Fraser Collection, BADA export seal, John Sparks of 128 Mount Street W, London. Provenance; as above, from an old Australian family collection put together between the wars in London.

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