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    Sale 2811

    European Noble and Private Collections

    24 - 25 June 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 732

    A Chinese Imari cistern and cover

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A Chinese Imari cistern and cover
    18th Century
    Of architectural outline with a large biscuit lion sitting on top of the pagoda-roof cover, the applied corner brackets and the shaped base in iron-red enhanced in gilt, the front painted with a shaped panel of flowering peony within an ornamental border, on a ground of dense flower-scrolls, the sides painted with further flowering peony branches, the cornice moulded with mythical beasts and shou-roundels, each side with mythical beast-head and fixed ring handles, fitted with tap, damages and repair
    65 cm. high


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    After a Western wall-fountain prototype, this form was used in the 17th and 18th Century dining room for serving red wine at room-temperature. For further examples of Imari fountains of this type, see Christie's New York, 22 January 2003, lot 128 and Christie's London, 28 April 1999, lot 116.

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