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Rare Pair of Chinese Export Paktong Candlesticks (c. 1760 to 1770 Canton)

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Contact Information
Dealer

Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Contact

Jonathan Coulborn

Address

Vesey Manor,
64 Birmingham Road,
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1QP,
England

Opening hours

Open Monday-Friday 9.30-1, 2-5.30; Please telephone for weekend and evening opening

Phone/Fax
Landline:
+44 (0)121-354 3974
Mobile:
+44 (0)7941 252299
Fax:
+44 (0)121-354 4614
Fairs

BADA Fair, Masterpiece London, International Show, New York

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Website

www.coulborn.com

Established

1944

Elected for membership

1972

Medium

Paktong

Dimensions

11.00cm wide 24.00cm high (4.33 inches wide 9.45 inches high)

Literature

Keith Pinn, 'Paktong: The Chinese Alloy in Europe, 1680-1820', Antique Collectors' Club, 1999, pl. 54

Description / Expertise

A rare pair of Chinese export Paktong candlesticks with Rococo decoration and detachable drip pans. With spurious marks to imitate English hallmarks. Made in three parts with a ‘fluted’ column and acanthus detail and decorated with a scrolling base.

Paktong is a rare, scarce and highly-prized Chinese alloy combining copper, zinc, nickel. Paktong was imported in small quantities during the 18th century and was used by European craftsmen to make domestic objects in imitation of silverware. The vital silver-coloured ingredient, nickel, was not identified in the west until the second half of the 18th century.

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