Candlestick in the form of a peacock

French (Paris)
about 1730–40
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Made at Chantilly Manufactory (France)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


23 x 13 x 9.8 cm (9 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard- and soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze mounts

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





Peacock made at the Meissen manufactory, ca. 1730, and mounted in Paris in gilt bronze ornamented with porcelain flowers probably made at the Chantilly manufactory.

A hard-paste porcelain peacock stands upon a porcelain base, flanked by a tree. Attached (with a single screw) to a two-tiered shaped oval gilt-bronze base, decorated with lizards (part of one missing), shells and acorns in relief, he looks over his proper right shoulder. A gilt-bronze floral branch emerges from the porcelain support, and is ornamented with soft-paste flowers (some pices are missing and there are minor repairs) which are screwed onto this ormolu branch. The branch is surmounted with a chrysanthemum (?)-shaped porcelain nozzle which holds a gilt-bronze candleholder, molded with petals. The bobeche has a beaded rim and is detachable.


Marks: Caduceus mark in underglaze blue on underside of porcelain base

Credit Line

Rita and Frits Markus Collection