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    Sale 12548

    The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    5 April 2016, Hong Kong

  • Lot 143

    A SET OF FOUR IMPERIAL INKCAKES

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A SET OF FOUR IMPERIAL INKCAKES
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Each of irregular flattened form, finely moulded in shallow relief, the first decorated on one side with a long-tailed phoenix, its wings embracing a recessed oval cartouche, inscribed with the characters yu mo, 'Imperial Ink', picked out in gilt, repeated on the reverse side inscribed with the characters, lai yi; the second ink is moulded with a gabled architecture on a fenced terrace on one side, the reverse side inscribed with the characters yu mo, 'Imperial Ink' and lun ge above a square seal, all picked out in gilt; the third ink cake is moulded with two dragons contesting flaming pearls, the reverse side moulded with characters long de, ‘Virtue of Dragon’, above a square seal; and the fourth ink cake is inscribed with the characters yu mo, 'Imperial Ink' on one side and neidian qingmei, ‘Light Soot Colour of the Inner Court’, on the other side, all picked out in gilt.
    5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) long, the largest, box


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    Provenance

    Collection of Long Yun (1884-1962)