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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels; with European ormolu mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Allen Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 20, shelf 8

This candelabra is an example of so-called Kakiemon-style ware, which is typified by the use of bright enamel colours on a fine white porcelain body. The name Kakiemon derives from the family of decorators reputed to have introduced the techniques of overglaze enamelling to Arita in western Japan in the 1640s. Kakiemon-style wares were the costliest and most sought after of all Japanese ceramics exported to Europe. They were widely copied by 18th-century European manufacturers. In this case the candelabra, which is one of a pair, was fitted with ormolu mounts after its arrival in the West.

Physical description

One of a pair of porcelain candelabra with European ormolu mounts. The candlestick stands on three curled feet emerging from the mouths of green and red dragons/beasts. There are three branches, curving outwards and upwards. The upper stem of the candlestick neck is decorated with three small elephants' heads and trunks, with beading and ornate decoration around the stem and the candle holders. The lower part of the stem is made of porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels, featuring bamboo and prunus.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels; with European ormolu mounts


Height: 41.6 cm from register

Object history note

One of a pair with C.108-1922.

Descriptive line

Candelabra, one of a pair; porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels, with ormolu mounts; Japan, Arita Kilns, (Kakiemon type), ca. 1700.

Labels and date

Pair of Candelabra with European Ormulu Mounts
Porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels
Bamboo and prunus
Arita kilns (Kakiemon type)
About 1700
Allen Gift [1986]


Porcelain; Ormolu


Painted; Glazed; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Prunus blossoms; Bamboo


Ph_survey; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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