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This set of four silver candle stands or candlesticks is by the well-known firm and producer of Chinese export silver Wang Hing.
Each comprises a domed base, deeply chased with plum blossoms, scrolling ribbons and Daoist symbols, atop which sits a fine bearded dragon with its tail forming a column for the candlestick. a large, pierced silver ‘leaf’ plate sits on top of this and on this is the holder for the candle which is of baluster form and cast with acanthus leaf decoration.
Each pierced leaf plate is engraved on the underside with leaf ribs. The top of each is not engraved but highly polished most probably to allow as much light to be reflected from each candle as possible.
Each candle stick is attached to its original domed, blackwood base by means of a long screw.
Each candlestick is stamped with ‘WH’ and ’90’.
Wang Hing was a firm that was active in Guangdong (Canton) and Hong Kong in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and first quarter of the twentieth century.
Chinese export silver candlesticks are relatively rare and sets of four are even rarer. Few have been published.
The set here is in fine condition. The wooden base of one has a scorch mark from being exposed to flame but this is not so discernible against the black of the wood.
Chan, D.P.L., Chinese Export Silver: The Chan Collection, published in conjunction with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.
Forbes, H.A.C. et al, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Museum of the American China Trade, 1975.
Marlowe, A.J., Chinese Export Silver, John Sparks, 1990.