A PAIR OF MASSIVE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ AND CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL CRANE-FORM CENSERS
A PAIR OF MASSIVE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ AND CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL CRANE-FORM CENSERS
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A PAIR OF MASSIVE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ AND CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL CRANE-FORM CENSERS

QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF MASSIVE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ AND CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL CRANE-FORM CENSERS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
Each crane is shown standing on a brightly colored grassy mound above a faceted base. The body of each bird is decorated with a dense pattern of gilt wires and is set with separately made wings, and each clutches in its beak a branch of lingzhi that forms a pricket candlestick.
91 and 92 1/2 in. (231 and 235 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Paris, 18-19 November 2002, lot 511.
Acquired by Ann and Gordon Getty from the above.
Literature
F. Mcgill, A Curious Affair: The Fascination Between East and West, San Francisco, 2006, pp. 62-63.
Exhibited
San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, A Curious Affair: The Fascination Between East and West, 17 June- 3 September 2006.
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Lot Essay

Pairs of similar, large, cloisonné enamel crane-form incense burners can be seen in photographs illustrated by Wang-go Weng and Yang Boda in The Palace Museum: Peking, Treasures of the Forbidden City, New York, 1982; one pair grasping lingzhi-form candlesticks in their beaks in the Palace of Heavenly Purity, p. 25, the other pair shown flanking the throne in the Hall of Great Harmony, pp. 44-45, where the authors note that the various enamel censers, including the pair of cranes, "emitted fragrant smoke that spiraled upward to envelop the Son of Heaven in ethereal haze."

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