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A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BELL, YONGZHONG
A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BELL, YONGZHONG

YONGZHENG/QIANLONG PERIOD (1723-1795)

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A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BELL, YONGZHONG
YONGZHENG/QIANLONG PERIOD (1723-1795)
Cast in imitation of bronzes of the late Spring and Autumn period (early 5th century BC), of lenticular form, decorated with archaistic motifs including large taotie masks at the bottom above the arched rim, the trapezoidal panel with eighteen bosses arranged in rows of three alternating with bands of angular scroll, the flat top with further taotie masks repeated at the central bulb of the columner shank and flanked by a pair of gilt-bronze phoenix-form flanges
15¾ in. (40 cm.) high, stand
Provenance
By repute, acquired from the Laughlin family (Jones and Laughlin Steel) of Pittsburgh in the early 1930s.
The Regal Collection; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lot Essay

Compare the very similar cloisonné enamel bell (Fig. 1) of smaller size (33.5 cm. high) illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 43 - Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Beijing, 2002, p. 156, no. 148.
For a Spring and Autumn period bronze prototype see, J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, D.C., 1995, pp. 378-9, no. 78, which has the same lenticular shape with arched bottom rim, similarly arranged rows of bosses, taotie masks at the bottom and a shank with rounded collar, but positioned slightly lower. Unlike the archaistic bell, the earlier prototype has a lug at the base of the shank and is not flanked by decorative flanges.
Compare also, the cloisonné enamel archaistic pou, from the collection of Juan Jose Amezaga, with a similar color palette and design of taotie masks, sold in our Paris rooms, 13 June 2007, lot 25.

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