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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 369

    A RARE 'GUANGZHOU TRIBUTE' GILT-BRONZE DOUBLE-GOURD VASE

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE 'GUANGZHOU TRIBUTE' GILT-BRONZE DOUBLE-GOURD VASE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Formed by two globular sections separated by a band of cut ruby-red glass repeated along the rim, with lotus and chrysanthemum blossoms scattered overall in the so-called 'ball-flower' pattern inlaid in cut ruby-red and emerald-green glass or filled with blue enamel, on a gilt ground of leafy composite floral scroll, the waist with a ruyi head border filled with further blue enamel, all raised on a slightly flared foot rim circumscribed by leaf-shaped lappets above a narrow border of key fret, the interior with original, removeable copper lining
    10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) high


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    The current vase belongs to a group of lavishly crafted items made in Guangzhou for tribute to the Qing Court. The two characters da ji, repeated on either side of the vase, can be translated as "great luck," and convey an auspicious wish for the owner. The double gourd or bottle gourd is also rich in symbolism, and is associated with fertility and longevity.

    Cut-glass embellishment was frequently used on tribute objects made in Guangzhou during the 18th century. See a clock inset with a shou character in clear and ruby-red cut glass illustrated by X. Yang and C. Zhu, Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors From China's Imperial Palace, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2000, p. 55. See, also, p. 54, for a mid-Qing dynasty example of a 'ribbon-tied' ruby-red glass-inlaid and painted enamel double-gourd vase featuring the characters da ji and mounted as a mechanical fan. A painted enamel double-gourd vase, also featuring the characters da ji amidst leafy scroll, dated to the Qianlong period, was included in the exhibition Tributes from Guangdong to the Qing Court, Palace Museum of Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987, p. 83, no. 43.

    Compare, also, a Qianlong period clock sold in our Hong Kong rooms, The Imperial Sale, 29 May 2007, lot 1392. Similarly inlaid in cut glass with the characters da ji, the clock features a similar type of floral medallion on a gilt, leafy scroll ground as on the current lot.

    Provenance

    Acquired in the 1950's.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION