• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1179

    A RARE PAIR OF HARDSTONE AND GLASS-INLAID GILT-BRONZE PHOENIX-FORM CANDLE HOLDERS

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE PAIR OF HARDSTONE AND GLASS-INLAID GILT-BRONZE PHOENIX-FORM CANDLE HOLDERS
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Finely cast as two phoenixes standing side by side on a rockwork base from which sprouts lingzhi fungus, the two birds facing in opposite directions with heads turned backwards facing the candle holder cast as a gnarled stem bearing further stems of lingzhi which rises from their joined, hollow bodies engraved with fine feather markings, inlaid all over with glass and various hardstones
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high (2)


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    A related candle holder with two birds surrounding a hollow trunk in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is illustrated by P. Rawson and L. Legaza, Tao, la Philosophie Chinoise de Temps et du Changement, Paris, 1973, p. 101, fig. 17. See, also, the similar example sold in our Paris rooms, 21 November 2008, lot 161.
    Also related are hardstone-embellished gilt-bronze censers of qilin form and Qianlong date, such as the example illustrated in A Special Exhibition of Incense Burners and Perfumers Throughout the Dynasties, Taipei, 1994, no. 119, as well as the example sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 November 2005, lot 1584.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 27 November 1991, lot 59.


    Pre-Lot Text

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