Sep 19, 2012

Candle Stand

Candle Stand


White stoneware with modeled and applied decoration

Overall: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.)

Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1930.322


This magnificent candle or lamp stand consists of a shallow dish and a cylindrical holder, below which is a columnar support embellished with palmette designs and two entwined dragons atop a lotus blossom pedestal. The creamy white stoneware is covered with a finely crackled clear glaze that shows a slight yellow-green tinge where it is thick. The search for a white clay body represented a technical advancement of the kilns in northern China, anticipating the development of the true high-quality white porcelains during the late Tang period.

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