- Museum number
'Pair' of candlesticks; soft-paste porcelain; both in form of African kneeling on right knee, left arm out-stretched and attached to a stump, right raised to hold hollow moulded shell forming the candlestick; oval rockwork bases strewn with applied shells, seaweed etc.; one wears orange breeches and yellow shirt with gold ornament and blue striped belt; other with blue breeches, orange shirt and green and gold striped belt; marked.
- Production date
- 1750 (circa)
Height: 14.60 centimetres
Height: 14.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1985
Three other 'pairs' of this model are known:
a) F. Stazzi, 'L'Arte della ceramica Capodimonte', Milan, 1972, fig. 119, p. 308, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, from the De Ciccio collection.
b) F. Stazzi. 'Italian Porcelain', London, 1967, pl. XXXVI, fig. 120.
c) Christie's Geneva, 12 May 1980, lot 35.
Each 'pair' differs in decorative detail, although the modelling is apparently the same. The kneeling pose is highly unusual, and although the Museum example has slight firecracks, the modeller, who may well be Giuseppe Gricci, has succeeded in producing a highly original work.
See also Christie's, Importante Maioliche Porcellane Europee ed Orientali, Rome, 9 May 1990, lot 267, one candlestick, and also A. Caròla-Perroti, 'Le Porcellane dei Borbone', Naples, 1986, pl. N.
- On display (G46/dc17)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number