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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 507

    A LARGE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MOONFLASK

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    A LARGE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MOONFLASK
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    Decorated to the compressed sides with large multi-coloured chrysanthemums in various stages of bloom springing up from a ground with morning glories, lingzhi, and other small blooms, all before angular rocky outcrops repeated on both sides, with applied gilt-bronze stylised phoenix handles flanking the cylindrical neck
    23 in. (58.2 cm.) high


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    Cloisonné enamel moonflasks are surprisingly rare. The form, with two large circular 'canvases', permitted the craftsman greater ease to design complex decorative motifs. Compare with one decorated with rocks and peonies illustrated by Claudia Brown, Chinese Cloisonné, The Clague Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, 1980, pl. 46. Two smaller examples are included in the National Palace Museum exhibition, Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, 1999, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 65, designed with a scene from the "Ode on the Red Cliff" (46 cm. high); and no. 66 with a depiction of spring cultivation (46.8 cm. high).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Barry Sainsbury, London.