• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 205

    A VERY RARE PAIR OF CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD EWERS AND COVERS, HE

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE PAIR OF CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD EWERS AND COVERS, HE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    The bodies divided into three lobes, each decorated with a large taotie mask in a different color, pale green, red and blue, and positioned above and repeated at the top of each of the three tapering legs, surrounded by various archaistic motifs continuing on the underside and below a band of further archaistic designs on the shoulder, the diagonally-set spout decorated with stripes and leaves and the C-scroll handle-issuing from a dragon head, with bands of flower-filled petal lappets and ruyi heads encircling the waisted neck, the domed covers with similar taotie masks below the gilded lotus bud-form finials
    16 in. (45.6 cm.) high (2)


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    The inspiration for the shape and decoration of this very rare pair of cloisonné ewers is early bronze prototypes, such as the late Shang dynasty bronze he sold in these rooms, 21 September 2004, lot 149 (Fig. 1). The early bronze and later cloisonné interpretations share a similarly lobed body spreading smoothly upward from the tapering legs, and the lobes are decorated with large taotie masks. The similarities can also be seen in the handles and placement and shape of the spout. On the domed covers of the present ewers the domed-cap finial has been replaced by a lotus bud.

    Provenance

    Collection of Nathan Bushell: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 22-23 February 1962, lot 387.
    Private American collection.