Pair of candlesticks, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain, Austrian, Vienna

Pair of candlesticks

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
1730–35
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height (each): 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.231, .232
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538
The design of these candlesticks, with a baluster-shaped stem rising from a low domed base, was one of the most common in earlyeighteenth-century Europe and was taken from examples in silver. It is unclear whether the two candlesticks were made as part of a table or toilet service or to accompany a desk set. Few porcelain candlesticks survive, largely because of the fragility of the medium.
Marking: Traces of red enamel inventory mark on .231.
Berta Floderer-Herzfelder , Vienna ; Anton Redlich (until 1940; sale, Kende Galleries, New York, April 5–6, 1940, no. 44); Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)