• Lot 128

    BATEAU 'DRAGON' EN BISCUIT

    CHINE, SIGNE CHEN GUOZHI, XIXEME SIECLE

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    BATEAU 'DRAGON' EN BISCUIT
    CHINE, SIGNE CHEN GUOZHI, XIXEME SIECLE
    Le bateau en forme de grand dragon, la queue formant la poupe et la tête féroce formant la proue, six rameurs représentés de chaque côté, le pont occupé par les Huit Immortels, répartis de part et d'autre d'une construction étagée, cette dernière composée d'un niveau inférieur ouvert sur l'extérieur et comprenant une table dressée et deux serviteurs, le niveau supérieur composé d'une large plateforme soutenue par quatre piliers sculptés de dragons, un portail ajouré et surmonté d'une inscription Jie Xian Hui ('L'assemblée des Immortels') ouvrant sur un petit pavillon ouvert et entouré de huit personnages en conversation ou admirant la vue, une petite pagode comprenant un panier fleuri achevant cette construction, signé Chen Guozhi dans un cartouche à la base, cloche en verre et socle en bois ; petits éclats
    Longueur: 27,5 cm. (10¾ in.)


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    This ornate and finely detailed model of a dragon boat is most likely based on those that participated in the annual Dragon Boat Festivals held on the 5th day of the 5th moon, during which the long boats race up and down the river in pairs to the sound of horns and other loud instruments.

    Chen Guozhi can be identified as the well-known ceramic carver, particularly those of biscuit porcelain wares, who was active during the late Daoguang period. An example of a biscuit brushpot illustrated by S. Kwan, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 1983, p.18, fig.4 ; and a turquoise enamelled brushpot bearing the unusual mark of Daqing Daoguang Chen Guozhi zao, 'Made in the Daoguang period of the Great Qing dynasty by Chen Guozhi', in the Baur Collection is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva 2000, p.236, no.340 (A658).
    See an almost identical biscuit dragon boat also from the artist, sold at Sotheby's New York, 28/29 November 1994, lot 385.
    Another one less refine was also sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 29 May 2007, lot 1547.
    Dragon boats were also produced in other materials, cf. the pair of cloisonné and champlevé enamel dragon boats sold in our New York Rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 152 ; or the ivory, horn, wood and glass model sold also in our New York Rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 9.

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    Post Lot Text

    A BISCUIT MODEL OF A DRAGON BOAT
    CHINA, SIGNED CHEN GUOZHI, 19TH CENTURY