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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 371

    A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL QUADRILOBED BRAZIERS AND COVERS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL QUADRILOBED BRAZIERS AND COVERS
    19TH CENTURY
    Each censer raised on four lion mask and paw supports and decorated allover with scrolling lotus repeated on the cover around quadrilobed panels pierced with vapor, and below a large knop chased with a dragon coiled amidst clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the dragon's mouth open for the release of vapor
    31 in. (78.7 cm.) high (2)


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    Braziers of this large type were not only decorative but were made to be used, as they were the most convenient form of heating in the Imperial palaces. Made to hold coal these braziers ranged from large vessels standing on three elephant-head or lion-mask and paw supports, like the current example, to simple cages the size of a water melon.

    Compare the pair of massive Imperial cloisonné enamel covered braziers from the C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love Collection with similar pierced gilt-bronze panels of bats in flight amidst vaporous clouds, and large finials cast as coiled dragons, but supported on three elephant-head supports, sold in these rooms 20 October 2004, lot 354.