Large pricket candlestick of porcelain (one of a pair with 38.459). Made in China, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing, 1522-1566.
h: 9 3/8 in; diam of pan: 8 1/4 in; base: 6 5/8 in
Anon., Sotheby’s, 18 February 1947, lot 26 (illus. facing endpaper), purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £110 (pair, 38_458-459); by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1947.
Sotheby & Co., 18 February 1947, Catalogue of Chinese ceramics and works of art. Property of Russell Beverley, Esq., and others, lot 26 (illus. facing endpaper) (pair, 38_458-459): ‘The altar vases to go with these candlesticks may well be those in the Henry Oppenheim collection, illustrated by Hobson in The Wares of the Ming Dynasty, pl.23, fig.1. Possibly the Oppenheim vases are the same pair as those exhibited in the BFAC exhibition 1910, cat p.55, case F 26 & 28’.
Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., Sale Book 15/35, stock no.36853.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1947(1), p.21: ‘A pair of rare Ming altar candlesticks with high hollow conical bases and wide dish-shaped drip-guards, surmounted by cylindrical nozzles - the prickets are missing. Probably inspired by metal prototypes. Both covered with a rich blue glaze and decorated in white biscuit relief with dragons pursuing flaming pearls mid cloud bands on the feet - the drip-guards with a smaller version of the same subject. Ming or Chia Ching 1522-1566. 10" high 8 1/4" diam’.