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.
‘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.
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, London 2014, pp. 44-47;
Ronald Phillips, Masterpieces, London 2016, pp. 20/21.
The King of Portugal.
Private collection, Switzerland.
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