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A CLOISONNE ENAMEL ZHADOU
A CLOISONNE ENAMEL ZHADOU

MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

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A CLOISONNE ENAMEL ZHADOU
Ming dynasty, 16th century
The bulbous body decorated with two multi-colored makara with foliate tails between chrysanthemum scroll on the spreading foot and flaring neck, the interior of the neck decorated with grapevine on a white ground
5 3/8in. (13.6cm.) diam.

Lot Essay

Cloisonné enamel zhadou appear to be quite rare, and the combination of grapevine and makara on the same piece appears to be very rare. A zhadou dated to the first half of the 16th century decorated on the sides with a makara, but otherwise differently decorated, in the National Palace Museum, is illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, p. 72, no. 6.
Grapevine decoration is most often seen on 15th and 16th century tripod incense burners. See H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, New York, 1989, nos. 35, 42, 43, 57 and 59. The same collection also has a few pieces decorated with the rare makara motif: nos. 55 (a censer) and 64 (a basin).
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