• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 173

    A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL OCTAGONAL SPITTOON

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95)

    Price Realised  

    A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL OCTAGONAL SPITTOON
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95)
    Each side decorated with an elaborate lotus flower above ruyi amongst leafy tendrils, below a band of archaistic confronted stylised dragons, the underside with a geometric honeycomb pattern enclosing florets, all on turquoise grounds
    8 in. (20.2 cm.) wide, gilt metal funnel-shaped cover


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    Spittoons of this style were also copied at the imperial porcelain kilns in the Qianlong reign. A circular lidded spittoon decorated in cloisonné style with similar floral designs on a turquoise ground, and with a removable funnel-shaped interior fitting, similar to the gilded fitting of the current metal vessel, is preserved in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing (illustrated in Guan yang yu ci, Forbidden City Publishing House, Beijing, 2007, p. 281).

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    Provenance

    Inherited from the owner's father in 1956.
    The Plesch Collections (Bh21A).