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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 605

    AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL INKWELL AND COVER

    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INCISED MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE-SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL INKWELL AND COVER
    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INCISED MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE-SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of square shape, the sides decorated with panels of confronted archaistic dragons, the top with scrolling lotus around the central well fitted with original glass liner, the pierced gilt-metal cover with movable dragons contesting a movable flaming pearl amidst clouds below a buddhistic lion finial
    4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) square, box


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    Compare a set of writing utensils in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Emperor Ch'ien-lung's Grand Cultural Enterprise, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2001, nos. I-28, I-29, I-30 and I-31, comprised of a water holder and spoon, a brushrest, an inkstone warming box and a paperweight. For archaistic dragons similar to those on the sides of the inkwell, see a small cloisonné enamel vase in the Clague Collection, published in "Chinese Cloisonné: The Robert and Marian Clague Collection", Arts of Asia, 1975, vol. 5, no. 1, p. 25.

    Provenance

    Spink & Sons Ltd., London, 1994.
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 25 April 2004, lot 65.


    Pre-Lot Text

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    Literature

    Far Eastern Art at Spink, Spink & Sons Ltd., London, 1994, no. 33.