A very fine mid- Meiji bronze pricket candle stick with relief decorations. It stands on a tripod base - on the "knees" of which are surmounted high relief tao tsie (demon) masks. There are two elephant handles on the upper portion for holding the candlestick whilst transporting it between rooms. The upper section has two deep relief reserves portraying a figure - Hotei(?) - reclining with his arm resting on what appears to be a tiger - you can see its tail wrapping around the figure's body and emerging behind his head.
This handsome piece measures 10" from the bottom of the base to the top of the thin pricket stick and is 3 1/2" diameter at the widest. The three legs are attached to the round base with three screws - which all appear to have been hand crafted. The candlestick is in excellent condition with a wonderful untouched patina. I would date this one from around 1880-1895. Rare to find pricket candlesticks with such fine relief work on them.