Jan 16, 2006
Jan 16, 2006

Pair of Candelabra Depicting Allegorical Figures of Liberty and Matrimony

Pair of Candelabra Depicting Allegorical Figures of Liberty and Matrimony

c. 1775

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Derby Porcelain Factory

(Chelsea-Derby Period, 1770–84)

Soft-paste porcelain

Part 1: 31.1 x 25.7 x 15.6 cm (12 1/4 x 10 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.); Part 2: 32.4 x 25.6 x 14.2 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Mary Warden Harkness 1917.627

Did you know?

The canopy of foliage surrounding these figures was inspired by the arbors popular in theatrical stage designs during the mid-1700s.


This pair of allegorical figures depicts the attributes of solitude and marriage as a shepherd and shepherdess adorned in richly patterned designs. Here “Liberty” (the shepherd), is accompanied by a dog and a bird that perches on his outstretched arm. In contrast “Matrimony” (the shepherdess) holds a birdcage in one hand and subtly directs the viewer’s gaze toward the sheep resting nearby with the other.

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Decorative Arts
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