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    Cloisonnés d'Exception - Collection Juan Jose Amezaga - Seconde Partie

    7 December 2007, Paris

  • Lot 36

    PIE EN BRONZE DORE, EMAUX CLOISONNES ET CHAMPLEVES

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, SECONDE MOITIE DU XVIIEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    PIE EN BRONZE DORE, EMAUX CLOISONNES ET CHAMPLEVES
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, SECONDE MOITIE DU XVIIEME SIECLE
    Représentée debout, ses deux pattes en bronze doré et aux griffes acérées servant d'appui, la tête tournée vers l'arrière, les ailes déployées, le queue dressée, le plumage noir et blanc rendu de façon réaliste, les yeux incrustés de verre, le socle en zitan sculpté de vagues ; restaurations
    Hauteur: 11,3 cm. (4 7/16 in.), Longueur: 18,5 cm. (7¼ in.)


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    The magpie is the bird of happiness, who carries good news. It is also the harbinger of spring. As Fang Jing Pei notes in Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art, Berkeley/Toronto, 2004, pp.120-1, the chatter of a magpie is an omen of success to the scholar about to take his Civil Service Examination, and "a dream of the magpie before one's examination is a prediction of achievement". Because of a legend regarding the founding of the Manchus the magpie had great significance to the Manchus and therefore was a frequent subject in paintings and other decorative arts in the Qing dynasty.
    An identical example is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, illustrated in Sir H. Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London 1962, pl.59.
    Another model of magpie dated from the same period but with the wings held close is illustrated by M. Beurdeley, L'Amateur Chinois des Han au XXème siècle, Fribourg 1966, p.251, Cat.164.
    A pair of magpies with the wings closed were offered in our Hong Kong Rooms, 30 May 2006, lot 1574.

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    Post Lot Text

    A GILT-BRONZE, CLOISONNE AND CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL MAGPIE
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, SECOND HALF OF THE 17TH CENTURY