• Lot 161

    VASE 'PHENIX' EN BRONZE DORE ET INCRUSTATIONS DE PIERRES DURES

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    VASE 'PHENIX' EN BRONZE DORE ET INCRUSTATIONS DE PIERRES DURES
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
    Formé de deux phénix représentés côte à côte, tous deux reposant sur une patte, l'autre relevée, la tête tournée vers l'arrière, les ailes repliées, le plumage en partie incisé et rehaussé de pierres dures diverses, le dos des oiseaux supportant une racine tortueuse formant vase et agrémentée de lingzhi incrustés, les deux volatiles reposant sur une base rocailleuse de laquelle émergent d'autres lingzhi incrustés ; le dessous de la base rapporté, quelques incrustations manquantes
    Hauteur: 15,7 cm. (6¼ in.)


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    Compare a related vase with two birds surrounding a hollow trunk from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Philip Rawson and Laszlo Legaza, Tao, la Philosophie Chinoise de Temps et du Changement, Paris 1973, p.101, fig.17.
    The present vase is related to a group of hardstone embellished gilt-bronze censers from the Qianlong period modelled as mythical qilin. These later are cast with a cylindrical funnel on their backs such as the example illustrated in A Special Exhibition of Incense Burners and Perfumers Throughout the Dynasties, Taipei 1994, no.119 ; and the lot sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 29 November 2005, lot 1584. Another version of this type of gilt-bronze mythical beast is found cast in two separate parts with the beast's head acting as a cover, cf. a similar example sold in these Rooms, 15 June 2005, lot 219.

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    Provenance

    Famille Rothschild, Paris.


    Post Lot Text

    A HARDSTONE EMBELLISHED GILT-BRONZE 'DOUBLE PHOENIX' VASE
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)