Rare Pair of Chinese Black Stoneware Figural Pricket Candle Holders

Late 18th/ early 19th century

Description

Both foreigners: one a Westerner; the other a Middle Easterner or Turkeman.
Forming a pair, right and left, each dressed in their ethnic/ national clothes and wearing a distinctive hat.  Each stands on a pedestal base with three-part surround, with some indecipherable engraved characters.  Each holding a pricket base in opposing sides. 
Late 18th/ early 19th century
Height: 10 ¾ inches (27.3 cm)
Ex: Mottahedeh Collection
Published: Ayers and Howard, China for the West, Vol. II, 1978, p. 625, No. 656.

 

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