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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 123

    A RARE IMPERIAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL LINER

    DATED QIANLONG GUIMAO YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO AD 1783, AND OF THE PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IMPERIAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL LINER
    DATED QIANLONG GUIMAO YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO AD 1783, AND OF THE PERIOD
    Of short cylindrical form with an everted rim, the exterior with a long gilt inscription followed by a seal, bide, the base with two confronted dragons encircling the trigram qian, the top with four circular holes
    2¾ in (7 cm.) wide


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    The current lot was most likely made as a liner for a jade cong, thus rendering it into a single-stem flower vase.

    For a discussion on the possible usage of these cloisonné enamel liners, see The Minor Arts of China IV, Spink & Son Ltd, London, 1989, no. 88, p. 71

    For a related example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Emperor Ch'ien-lung's Grand Cultural Enterprise, National Palace Museum, 2002, p. 108, III-1, where the author discusses that such liners were used for cong jade vessels (fig.1). Compare a very similar example sold in these Rooms, 15 May 2007, lot 143.

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