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This extraordinary pair of Canton enamel sconces stand out from the very few known examples by having three-dimensional birds and flowers applied, thus adding to their rarity and importance. The glass arms are of later date.

Literature: ‘The Antique Dealers’ Fair and Exhibition handbook’, London, 1962, p. 55; another related pair. David S. Howard, ‘A Tale of Three Cities: Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong’, 1997, p. 137, illus. 202.

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  • Provenance

    The King of Portugal; Private collection, Switzerland.


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