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

    7 December 2007, Paris

  • Lot 6

    RARE VERSEUSE COUVERTE EN BRONZE DORE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, DEUXIEME MOITIE DU XVIEME SIECLE

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    RARE VERSEUSE COUVERTE EN BRONZE DORE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, DEUXIEME MOITIE DU XVIEME SIECLE
    De forme balustre, la panse ornée en émaux vifs sur fond turquoise des 'Objets Précieux' et de huit chimères jaunes, rouges ou bleues, jouant quatre à quatre avec une perle à laquelle sont noués des rubans, le pied et l'épaulement rehaussés de frises de pétales, le bec et le col agrémentés de marguerites, l'anse terminée en forme de ruyi et décorée de nuages et lotus, le couvercle en forme de trompette inversée ornée de rinceaux feuillagés et lotus, la prise en bronze doré, marque à quatre caractères Jingtai rapportée à la base ; petits éclats
    Hauteur: 23,5 cm. (9¼ in.)


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    The decoration of the current vessel with Buddhist lions is particularly charming.
    Although the lion is not native to China, its image has long been important to the repertoire of Chinese iconography. Lions are often seen in stone statuary, thus symbolising protection and law, and from the Tang dynasty, appeared on decorative arts. Buddhist lions playing with a brocade ball, which became the most popular form of imagery for the lion, appear later and might relate to the tradition of lion cubs emerging from balls.
    Compare the current ewer with an almost identical one formely in the Kitson Collection and then in the Pierre Uldry Collection, illustrated in H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinesisches Cloisonné - Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry Museum Rietberg, Zurich 1985, pl.98.
    For an identical decoration see the dish illustrated in C. Brown, Chinese Cloisonné - The Clague Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, 1980, pp.22-23, pl.3.
    On both vessels, the lions represented are exactly the same, they are playing with brocaded balls surrounded by the same background filled with spirals and the 'Precious Things'.
    For similar ewers, although decorated with lotuses, see H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Op. Cit., pl.99 ; and nternational Exhibition of Chinese Art, The Royal Academy of Art, London 1935-36, p.170, pl.2013.

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    Provenance

    Collection T. B. Kitson
    Sotheby's & Co. London, The T.B. Kitson Collection - Catalogue of the Well Known Collection of Important Jade Carvings and Fine Cloisonné and Amber - Part II, 21 February 1961, lot 271
    Christie's New York, 1 December 1983, lot 772.
    Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, 16 December 1983.


    Post Lot Text

    A RARE GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL EWER AND COVER CHINA, MING DYNASTY, SECOND HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY