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A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MAGPIE ON A PERCH
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID B. PECK III
A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MAGPIE ON A PERCH

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL MAGPIE ON A PERCH
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The black and white bird is shown with head lowered and turned as it preens its wing while standing on a perch that rises from a globular tripod base decorated with bat-filled ruyi collars and lotus scroll above and below a band of key fret, the whole supported on a circular platform that forms the top of a similarly decorated, domed stand with ruyi feet joined by a ruyi apron.
10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) high
Provenance
The Oriental Art Gallery Ltd., London, 1995.

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Compare the pair of cloisonné enamel magpies of this type, also shown with head held in a similar position, and standing on a perch supported on a cloisonné base, illustrated by Gunhild Avitable in Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland: Chinesische und japanische Cloisonné-und Champlevé-Arbeiten, von 1400 bis 1900, Frankfurt am Main, 1981, p. 179, pl. 100, where they are dated to the 18th century. See, also, the cloisonné and champlevé enamel magpie with very similarly executed feathers, but shown with wings spread, dated to the Qianlong period, illustrated by Bèatrice Quette (ed.) in Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Bard Graduate Center, 2011, p. 277, no. 105.

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