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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1795

    A RARE PAIR OF IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER GARLIC HEAD VASES

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF IMPERIAL CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER GARLIC HEAD VASES
    QIANLONG SEALMARKS AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Each finely and deeply carved around the ovoid body with panels depicting either Immortals or scholars in gardens, terraces and within pavilions beside flowing river interspersed by rocks beneath aged pine trees lacquered in a darker tone and craggy mountains in the distance, each within formal borders formed by sinuous chilong divided by flower-heads, the neck carved with two ferocious scaly dragons, their fifth claw apparently filed down, reserved on a ground of scrolling clouds, the waisted foot encircled with a floral scroll, impressed with the seal mark at the bronze base
    19½ in .(49.5 cm.) high (2) (2)


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    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, April 26 1998,lot 570.

    These vases are remarkably light-weight for their size which possibly suggests their skeletal material is cloth rather than metal or wood. Only the mouth rims of these vases appear to be strengthened with the use of bronze metal and since they are substantially tall, the base plates probably provide additional weight for stability.

    The carving is unusually deep and crisp on this pair of vases, the design is remarkably complex. Compare with a brushpot in The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, carved from equally thick lacquer with scholars and attendants within elaborate gardens, illustrated by Hai-Wai Yi-Chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Lacquerware, pl. 163; and a bottle vase with medallions carved around the body enclosing figures in landscapes reserved on a thick floral ground in The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in op. cit., pl. 166.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN LADY