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Candlestick

Candlestick

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1741 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Dorothy Bushell Gift

  • Museum number:

    FE.129-1975

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 64 []

The patterns on these candlesticks imitate those of the earlier Ming dynasty. Long inscriptions on their bases tell us that they were made for use on a temple altar in a place called Dongba, near Beijing. The commissioner was Tang Ying, a famous director of the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Jingdezhen. These candlesticks were formally dedicated to a Daoist temple at Dongpa.

Physical description

Pair of candlesticks painted in blue with a inscription within a cartouche on the foot.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

1741 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Marks and inscriptions

Long inscription on body
'Made by the Chief Superintendent of Works in the Yang Xin Dian. Respectfully made by Tang Ying of Shenyang, imperially appointed Superintendent of the three Customs Barriers at Huaian, Suquan and Hai'an in Jiangnan, and also Controller of Pottery in Jiangxi and of custom affairs at the customs house in Jiujian, Junior Secretary of the Imperial Household and Captain of the Banner promoted five honourary ranks, and given as an offering in perpetuity (to stand) before the Holy Mother of God of Heaven at Dongba. An auspicious day in the spring of the sixth year of Qianlong.'

Dimensions

Height: 67 cm, Diameter: 23 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

2 pieces; Cer, China, Qing, blue and white

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rose Kerr, 'Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911'
V&A, 1998, No. 45
p.390
Lu

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Glazing; Painting

Categories

Daoism

Collection

East Asia Collection

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