Delft Chamberstick Ladies Hand Fan Shape Blue & White Alchemy Mark 19thC
An unusual example of a 19th century Dutch Delft, tin glazed earthenware: A moulded lady's hand fan shaped chamberstick or candlestick hand painted in blue and white. The candle nozzle is 1 5/8 inches high with a 7/8 inches diameter socket, it has a nine pointed star shape and a slot in the side to help remove spent candles. There is a ring shaped handle at the end.
The chamber stick is moulded in the style of an eight stick folding fan has been painted with the end guard stick with simulated piercing. The whole of the candle stick has been extensively hand painted. The front of the body has a landscape scene with trees and buildings including a wind mill. The rest of the body is painted with floral scrolls and geometric patterns. The base has three pad or bun feet and has an alchemy type symbol maker's or painter's mark similar to the symbol for Mercury. This item was made in the Netherlands, Nederlands, or Holland.
This lovely chamberstick stands 2 1/4 inches (5.6 cm) high. The base is 6 1/4 inches (16cm) and 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) wide, it weighs 196g unpacked.
It is in good antique condition with a little rubbing or flaking to the glaze on the edges the ring handle has been broken and restuck. Please see the photographs.
This is a lovely decorative piece to add to any collection of chambersticks, delftware or blue and white.