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Two-light candlestick: C.34A-1932

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Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain candlestick, one of a pair with C.34B-1932. In the form of a female 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 nude girl child supporting two scrolled branches terminating in candle nozzles and drip-pans, and holding a basket in her right hand. She sits on a high base with three elaborately scrolled feet, and a flat back. She is nude except for a polychrome floral garland passing across her body from her right shoulder to her left hip, and a blue and red band and bow on her left arm, from which is suspended a pale purple and gold drape which covers the lower part of her body at the front, and the top of her legs. Her flesh is shaded in pink, and she has pale brown hair drawn up into a knot on the top of her head, from which point a short green veil falls down onto her shoulders at the back. 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 and green butterly. 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

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)
18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1758 CE - 1784 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, orange, flesh pink, pale purple, pale brown and black) gold
Wholee Width 33 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead, slightly tinted green Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34A-1932
Primary reference Number: 137249
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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