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Tripod candlestick (pricket), with European gilt-metal spike. In form of stem of bamboo on base moulded with three monster-heads; feet in shape of monster's protruding, curling tongues; painted in Kakiemon-style enamels mainly with blue for heads and with pine, prunus and cloud scrolls round stem, Buddhist emblems on sides and karakusa scrolls along feet. Made of porcelain.
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Height: 31 centimetres (without spike)
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- Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
In the form of a stem of bamboo on a base moulded with three monster-heads whose protruding, curling tongues are the feet. It is painted in Kakiemon-style enamels mainly with blue for the heads and with pine, prunus and cloud scrolls round the stem, Buddhist emblems on the sides and 'karakusa' scrolls along the feet.
A candlestick of identical form in the Tanakamaru Collection complete with flower-like top, and decorated rather in Imari-style colouring, was excavated from the grave of a man who died in 1711: cf. T. Nagatake, 1968, p. 36. Tripod candlesticks with animal feet are seen in the 'blanc-de-Chine' porcelain of Dehua, see P. J. Donnelly, 1969, Pl. 57B, p. 123, although the 'candlesticks' shipped by the Dutch Company from Formosa to Batavia on 28th October 1646 (T. Volker, 1954, p. 54) were probably of an earlier pattern. Bronze versions with three feet, rarely seen in England, were probably made in both China and Japan.
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