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A PAIR OF PAINTED ENAMEL GU-SHAPED VASES
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A PAIR OF PAINTED ENAMEL GU-SHAPED VASES

GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

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A PAIR OF PAINTED ENAMEL GU-SHAPED VASES
GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
Each vase is decorated around the bulbous mid-section with composite foliate scrolls repeated on the trumpet-shaped and tall flared foot all within decorative borders. Each shoulder is further decorated with three medallions enclosing a three-character hall name, Lingdetang.
19 ½ in. (50 cm.) high
Provenance
Roger Keverne Ltd., London.
Exhibited
Roger Keverne, Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics, London, August 2010, no. 61.

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Lot Essay

The hallmark on the present pair of gu-form vases, Lingdetang (‘The Hall of Virtue’), may be associated with the Lingde Academy in Taiyuan, which was founded by Zhang Zhidong (1837-1909) while he was the Governor (xunfu) of Shanxi. An avid advocate of controlled reform, Zhang introduced Western learning (xixue ) into the curricula of the many academies he had founded in different cities.

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