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Excellent Chinese Export Silver Candleticks In Western Form

 

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An excellent a pair of large 19th century Chinese Export silver candlesticks in Western Form, First half nineteenth century. Candlesticks, especially large ones in european form, are a rare form in export silver.

This beautiful pair of candlesticks are follow English late Georgian rococo forms and also feature Chinese repose decorative motifs. The first Chinese export silver was created in the 18th century, if not earlie. The pieces were faithfull copies of European forms. During the early 19th century pieces in Europen form but with Chinese decoration began to appear and for a while the two styles were made concurrently. By mid-century western forms with complete Chinese Chinese decoration dominated export silver production.

These handsome and impressive candlesticks are both stamped with a Chinese silversmith's mark on their bases. They are built in heavy guage solid silver displaying the fine hand work and excellent repousse decoration found in first half 19th century export silver. Our detail pictures show the seams on the candlestick columns. Segments of candlesticks in this period were made in sand cast molds, then joined by silver soldering, and hand finished/polished. When new these construction seams were not visable but over time they become visable due to aging of the solder and remnants of flux, etc. These candlesticks retain their original bobeches which are in chrysanthemum form. The candlestick bases have hand hammered copper bottoms fitted inside their silver forms indicating the sticks have been weighted which was a good way to keep tall objects of this type stable, especially if they were designed for use in a ship's cabin.

Condition:  This pair of candlesticks are in excellent original condition with lovely patina and crisp repousse work. They show no evidence of ever having been mishandled in any way.

This exceptional pair was found in New England in the mid 1980s and has been in our home since then. We are doing some downsizing.

Dimensions:  height  10 3/8", bases 4 5/8" x 4 5/8" aprox.

 

 

 

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