An elaborate altar piece with phoenix, crane and prunus blossoms that was molded from a soft pewter or lead metal and hand painted with pink and green for the flowers. I love how the phoenix have wings that are attached away from the body.
The malleable metal has been molded with into a phoenix and plum tree, with a crane resting at the top of the tree. The top has a platform for a candlestick. There are four flourishes with metal loops at the top corners that are possibly for holding tassels. The base is elaborate with feet that look like peacock feathers. There are pierced areas throughout. There are incised decorations on the peacocks.
There is a molded mark on the interior base with eight Chinese characters in a peach cartouche.
9 ¼” (23.5 cm) tall x 3 ½” (8.9 cm) wide x 2 ¼” (5.7 cm) deep. Weighs 1 lb 8.6 oz (695 g)
Most of the pierced fencing along one side of the platform and a portion on the other side are missing and bent. There are no other breaks, or losses. The metal is very easily bent and so many areas are bent. Most can be carefully bent back. The wings on one of the phoenixes rotates and drops down. (Please note that I will wrap the candlestick carefully for shipment, but because the metal is so soft, it may arrive bent in places. You should be able to bend it back carefully. The piece is old and delicate.
An interesting shaped altar piece with many auspicious symbols. I like the sculptural look and the age.
Chinese Pewter Phoenix and Crane Altar Candlestick Circa 1900