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    Sale 5000

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

    7 December 2007, Paris

  • Lot 2

    VASE D'ARCHER EN BRONZE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    VASE D'ARCHER EN BRONZE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME SIECLE
    Reposant sur un petit pied évasé, la panse globulaire décorée d'une frise de pétales surmontée de rinceaux feuillagés et lotus épanouis, le long col agrémenté d'une guirlande de feuilles et de branches de magnolias, l'ensemble du décor réservé sur fond bleu nuit, les deux anses tubulaires réparties de part et d'autre du col ; restaurations
    Hauteur: 13,3 cm. (5¼ in.)


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    The archer's vase, touhu, was used for a party game and can be traced back to pre-Buddhist times. The aim was to throw the highest number of arrows into the two cylindrical 'handles', and the loser of the game was punished by having to drain a beaker of wine. Han dynasty reliefs depict this game, and porcelain vases of this form can be found during the Southern Song dynasty.
    Compare the similar archer's vase in the Uldry Collection, illustrated in H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinesisches Cloisonné - Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Museum Rietberg, Zurich 1985, pl.17, where it is dated to the first half of the 15th century.
    An almost identical arrow vase was sold in our London Rooms, 16 November 1998, lot 2.

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    Provenance

    Spink & Son Ltd., London, 21 June 1985.


    Post Lot Text

    A BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHER'S VASE
    CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY