• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1947

    A MASSIVE CLOISONNE ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    A MASSIVE CLOISONNE ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The cover finely decorated with pairs of deer and cranes in a landscape, under the shade of a large fruiting peach tree, augmenting an imagery of longevity, encircled within a gilt-metal medallion, the rounded sides with four quatrefoil panels each framing one of the flowers of the four seasons, chrysanthemum, peony, prunus and lotus, the panels are divided by gilt-metal repousse dragons and champleve clouds in openwork, the box similarly decorated, the interiors of the base and cover with further formal medallions reserved on a cracked ice-ground with scattered flower-heads and leaves
    15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) diam.


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    A closely related box and cover was sold at Christie's London, 17 June 1985, lot 414. Compare also a pair of cloisonné vases with similar dragons in openwork panels in the Clague collection, illustrated by C. Brown, Chinese Cloisonné, Phoenix Art Museum, 1980, pl. 58.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 1998, lot 559


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN LADY