Pair of antique Meissen parcel-gilt porcelain candelabra

By Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710)


This exquisite pair of 19th Century Meissen porcelain candelabra is masterfully crafted in the wonderfully ornate and delightfully colourful German Rococo style.


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The delicately crafted Meissen candelabra are wrought entirely of porcelain, and feature fine gilt details. Each two-light candelabrum is set on a circular base with gilt banding and beading above a white ground. Situated in front of the central stems, which are styled as a green-glazed acanthus trunks, are individuals standing seminude. Each figure is drawn from classical mythology: one figure, holding aloft a chalice, portrays Ganymede, while the other represents Hebe. Perched onto the back of each figure is a majestic gilt eagle with outstretched wings. The acanthus trunks extend upwards and divide into two outcurled branches, festooned with intricate vines of foliage and grapes, terminating at each end with a candleholder and drip pan.

The upper section—from the head of the acanthus-trunk form stem—can be detached, allowing each candelabrum to function as a single candle holder.

The underside of each candelabrum is marked with the blue crossed swords of German porcelain manufacturer, Meissen.


Artist / Maker
By Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1860
19th Century
Louis XV, Rococo
Gilt, Porcelain
Gold, Green, Multi-coloured, Purple, White


37 cm / 14.6 inches
26 cm / 10.2 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches


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