A Fine Pair Of Chinese ‘Famille-Rose’ Porcelain Xi Wangmu Candlestick Figures,

A Fine Pair Of Chinese ‘Famille-Rose’ Porcelain Xi Wangmu Candlestick Figures,

c. 1750 China

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Each maiden modelled standing holding a vase-shaped candle sconce on a shaped rock work base, accompanied by a deer holding a double-gourd around its neck, their robes predominantly a subtle shade of iron-red, with ‘famille-rose’ floral sprays, yellow collars and skirts, their faces with delicate flesh tones washed in salmon-pink.
Minor restoration to extremities
Xi Wangmu, the Queen mother of the West, was the wife of the Jade Emperor, associated with Taoism, believed to be the dispenser of prosperity, longevity and eternal bliss. She is often represented holding a peach and/or accompanied by a deer. The double gourd, contains a life giving elixir prepared by the Queen herself. The deer is also a symbol of long life, and the only animal which can find the lingzhi fungus of immortality.
Dimensions
Height 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Stock Code
1524
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