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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1818

    A FINE AND RARE CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE GARLIC-HEAD VASE

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    A FINE AND RARE CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE GARLIC-HEAD VASE
    QING DYNASTY,18TH CENTURY

    The vase is cast with a long sinuous chilong coiled around the compressed globular body and tall neck,its head resting below the lobed garlic-head mouth, the exterior of the vase decorated in champleve against a gilt ground with elaborate stylised lotus scrolls with colourful petals and curly leaves,repeated around the garlic-head and splayed foot,the mouth encircled by a key-fret pattern below the dotted everted rim
    11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high


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    Garlic-head vases of this form with applied dragons coiled around the elongated necks were popular in various media, cf. a Yongzheng period coral-red and gilt decorated porcelain vase, from the E.T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 22 November 1980, lot 83; and a 17th century cloisonne enamel vase in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, vol 10,The Crafts, Gold, Silver, Glass and Enamels, pl. 303, where a candlestick and a censer from a related champleve enamel garniture are also illustrated, ibid, pls. 356 and 357.

    An identical champleve garlic-head vase with a chilong coiled around in an opposite direction was sold at Christie's Hong kong, 29 April 2001, lot 606, possible a pair of the present vase.