• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 278

    A MATCHED PAIR OF IRON-RED-DECORATED HOLY WATER BOTTLES

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95) AND LATER

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    A MATCHED PAIR OF IRON-RED-DECORATED HOLY WATER BOTTLES
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95) AND LATER
    Each baluster-shaped body with a cylindrical neck above a domed base, decorated with central lotus sprays between lappets and stylised foliate bands
    8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) high (2)


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    A single identical example can be seen in the painting by Giuseppe Castiglione in the National Palace Museum, showing the Emperor Qianlong seated beside a table set with some of his treasures, see Palastmuseum Peking Schätze aus der Verbotenen Stadt, Berlin 1985, no. 41, pl. 24; for another example presented to Cheltenham College, England, by Yuan Shikai in 1914, and now in the Weishaupt Collection, see G. Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, London, 1987, no. 176, p.127; and see P. Lam, Qing Imperial Porcelain, no. 83. Another example can be found in the British Museum, London.

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