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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1854

    A MASSIVE AND RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BASIN

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    A MASSIVE AND RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BASIN
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Of hexagonal bracket lobed form, finely decorated to the interior with five cranes in flight, swooping and gliding amongst stylised lingzhi clouds, encircled on the deep well with ten lotus flowerheads amongst large leaves, scrolling foliage and berries, beneath sprays of peony, narcissus, prunus, camellia, lotus and tree peony mostly issuing from rockwork divided by pairs of dark blue archaistic dragons, all on a rich turquoise-ground beneath an upright gilt rim incised with keyfret, the exterior with ten further Indian lotus flower heads amongst large leaves, scrolling foliage and berries on a turquoise-ground
    25 3/4 in. (65.3 cm.) wide


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    Basins of this remarkable size dating to the Qianlong period are rare. An octagonal 17th century example decorated with dragon and phoenix with a lotus flower head border in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner in Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, no. 60; a hexagonal lobed basin dated to the second half of 17th century and decorated with archaistic dragons is illustrated by H. Brinker and A. Lutz in Chinese Cloisonné - The Pierre Uldry Collection, New York, 1989, no.177.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's Parke Bernet, Monte Carlo, 4 March 1984, lot 259
    Messrs. Spink & Son, London
    Juan Jose Amezaga Cloisonné Enamel Collection, sold at Christie's Paris, 13 June 2007, lot 26