Candelabra

This branched holder for candles (called a candelabrum or candelabra) is decorated with bright enamels. The double-baluster stem supports five candleholders shaped like lotuses. Candelabra were made for dining tables in Europe and America. However, much of the design and decoration of this object is distinctly Chinese.The form of this candelabra was made in copper, which was then coated with pigments containing ground glass. The object was then fired to create a bright glassy coating. In the 18th century, this type was production for foreign export in Guangzhou (Canton), with the result that the type is often called Canton enamel.

Date/Period
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: 34.5 x 24.5 x 24.2 cm
Accession No.
2016-00209
Material
Copper coated with painted enamels
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Copper