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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2517

    A VERY RARE BEIJING RED GLASS OVERLAY CIRCULAR CANDLESTICK HOLDER

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE BEIJING RED GLASS OVERLAY CIRCULAR CANDLESTICK HOLDER
    QIANLONG INCISED FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Of shallow dish-form, the broad everted mouth rim carved through the purplish-pink overlay to an opalescent white ground with a Shou medallion at each of the four cardinal points, divided by archaistic chi dragons, within red line borders, surrounding a floral scroll encircling the circular holder of carved red glass, supporting a cylindrical yellow glass ring forming the receptacle, the reverse side with the reign mark on the footring, with each of the characters incised at four cardinal points, encircling the recessed base
    7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) diam.


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    A related saucer with red glass overlay is illustrated by Zhang Rong, Luster of Autumn Water, Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshops, Forbidden City Publishing House, 2005, no. 61. The colours of the metal and style of carving can be closely compared to a dou in the Palace Museum collection, illustrated, ibid., no. 76.

    Provenance

    William Lillyman


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere, The Glass of China, Emily Byrne Curtis, London, 2004, pp. 79-80