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Two-light candlestick: C.34B-1932

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Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain candlestick, one of a pair with C.34A-1932.In the form of a cherub holding two candle branches and a basket of flowers, seated on a high base with three scroll feet.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed, painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, flesh-pink, pale purple, pale brown and black enamels and gilded. The glaze is slightly green where it lies thickly, and has crazed. The candlestick is in the form of a winged Cupid supporting two scrolled branches terminating in candle nozzles and drip-pans, attached to the arms by means of a screw, rivet and nut. He sits on a high base with three elaborately scrolled feet, and a flat back. His flesh is tinted in pink, and he has short pale brown hair, and wing feathers touched with blue and pale purple. He is nude except for a polychrome floral garland passing across his body from his left shoulder to his right hip, and a band and bow on his right arm, from which is suspended a mainly gold drape which covers the lower part of his body at the front, and ends by his left calf. He has a quiver by his left side. The candle branches, their nozzles, and drip-pans are outlined in gold, as are the scrolls on the base. Its top is decorated with a large purple, red, and green butterfly. On the back the edges are outlined in green and gold.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.5 cm
Width: 33 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1758 CE - 1784 CE

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Components of the work


Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, red, pale purple, pale brown and black enamels, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: gold anchor
  • Location: On back of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: R
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34B-1932
Primary reference Number: 137248
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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