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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2232

    A GROUP OF GOLD VESSELS

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    A GROUP OF GOLD VESSELS
    QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Comprising two sets of cups and saucers, the first is a cup cast with high flared sides, finely incised on the exterior with a pair of striding dragons contesting a 'flaming pearl', the openwork handle in the form of an upright dragon, raised on a low foot ring, stamped on the interior ring with the maker's mark, Wenhua, and Jiujin, similarly stamped on the interior foot of the cupstand, the stand is finely chased with a pair of dragons contesting a 'flaming pearl', surrounded by a ruyi-cloud openwork trim; the second is a cup with straight sides rising to foliated mouth rims, one side with an elaborate leafy sprig forming the handle, the base stamped with marks including Beijing, Zuchi, 'solid gold', and the maker's mark, Tianjuxing, the matching foliate form saucer bearing similar marks on the base, raised on a ring foot, the interior incised with a basket of fruit, flowers placed in a vase, lotus root, a jue winecup, all surrounded by inscribed dedications arranged into two circular rows
    3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm.) widest saucer (4)


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