Marks and Labels
label on underside: "Sir Anthony Rothschild No. 1"; written on underside: 18 [or possibly 81]
Edmé-Unité Jacquot-Préaux, Paris; (sale, Paris, 9-11 January 1850, no. 188, sold for 4900 francs); Sir Anthony Rothschild, Bart. [d. 1876], London; by inheritance to his nephew, Alfred Charles de Rothschild [1842-1918], London, and Halton House, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire; bequeathed to his illegitimate daughter, Almina Victoria, Countess of Carnarvon [d. 1969], Highclere Castle, Hampshire; sold February 1923 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased June 1923 by Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from the Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, after purchase by funds of the Estate; gift 1942 to NGA.
- Works of Ancient and Mediaeval Art, Society of Arts, London, 1850, (Catalogue of Works of Ancient and Mediaeval Art Exhibited at the House of the Society of Arts), no. 600, 20.
- Art Treasures of the United Kingdom: Museum of Ornamental Art, Art Treasures Palace, Manchester, 1857, not in catalogue.
- Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and More Recent Periods on Loan at the South Kensington Museum, June, 1862, South Kensington Museum, London, 1862, no. 1203.
- Du Sommerard, Alexandre and Edmond. Les arts au moyen age. 5 vols. Paris, 1838-1846: 5:241; album 7e série, chap. 16, pl. 34.
- Brongniart, Alexandre. Traité des arts céramiques. Paris, 1844: 175.
- Labarte, Jules. Description des objets d'art qui composent la collection Debruge Duménil precedé d'une introduction historique. Paris, 1847: 306.
- Archaeological Journal 7 (1850): repro. facing 209.
- Catalogue of Works of Ancient and Mediaeval Art Exhibited at the House of the Society of Arts. Exh. cat. Society of Arts, London, 1850: no. 600, 20.
- Marryat, Joseph. Collections towards a History of Pottery and Porcelain. London, 1850: 5354, fig. 28; also 2d ed., London, 1857: 108-109, fig. 57.
- Archaeological Journal 8 (1851): repro. facing 119.
- De la Motte, Philip. Choice Examples of Art Workmanship Selected from the Exhibition of Ancient and Mediaeval Art at the Society of Arts. London, 1851: 11, repro.
- Robinson, John Charles. "Ceramic Art." In Art Treasures of the United Kingdom from the Art Treasures Exhibition, Manchester. Edited by J. B. Waring. London, 1857: pl. 9.
- Clément de Ris, Louis. "Les faïences de Henri II." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1st ser. 5 (1860): 46-47, no. 1, repro.
- Tainturier, Alfred. Notice sur les faïences du XVI siècle dites de Henri II. Paris, 1860: 5, 15, no. 1.
- Delange/Delange 1861, pl. 19.
- Robinson, John Charles. Notices of the Principal Works of Art in the Collection of Hollingworth Magniac, Esq. of Colworth. London, 1861: 75, no. 4.
- South Kensington 1862, no. 1203.
- Fillon, Benjamin. L'art de terre chez les Poitevins. Niort, 1864: 92, no. 18.
- King, A.C. Henri Deux Ware: Photographs of twenty examples of this ware chiefly in English collections, with an introductory notice. London (The Arundel Society), 1868: 8, no. 9.
- Bonnaffé, Edmond. "Faïences de Saint-Porchaire dites de Henri II." In La collection Spitzer: Antiquité, moyen âge, renaissance. 6 vols. Paris, 1890-1892: 2:128.
- Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 69, as c. 1560.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 14, as Henri II Ware, Candlestick with masks and cupids.
- Jestaz 1975, 396, n. 31.
- Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 204, no. 34, as c. 1555.
- Schnitzer, Barbara K. "The Sixteenth-Century French Ceramic Ware Called Saint-Porchaire." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987: 204, no. 67, 207, pl. 32.
- Distelberger, Rudolf, Alison Luchs, Philippe Verdier, and Timonthy H. Wilson. Western Decorative Arts, Part I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Historicizing Styles including Metalwork, Enamels, and Ceramics. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1993: 257-263, color repro. 258.
- Barbour, Daphne and Sturman, Shelley. "Introduction." Studies in the History of Art 52 (1996): 12, repro. no. 3.
- Sturman, Shelley and Barbour, Daphne. "'Saint-Porchaire' Ceramic Bodies." Studies in the History of Art 52 (1996): 79, 87, repro. 78.
The white body is impressed with decoration in a clay that shows through the glaze as brown verging on black. The candlestick is entirely covered in a somewhat crackled transparent glaze which has a green cast where it is pooled inside the recess for the candle. The design is heightened with touches of green, orange-brown, purple-brown, and blue-black. The candlestick is broken and repaired above the central swelling ridge with floriated bosses; otherwise it is virtually intact, with only minor repairs. Some cracking of the applied ornament has occurred in the kiln. There is a loose fragment rattling inside the stem.