Candlestick in the form of a peacock
Object Place: Europe, Germany
23 x 13 x 9.8 cm (9 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hard- and soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze mounts
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
Rita and Frits Markus Collection