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A RARE IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘SHOU CHARACTER AND ANBAXIAN’ PEAR-SHAPED VASE
A RARE IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘SHOU CHARACTER AND ANBAXIAN’ PEAR-SHAPED VASE
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A RARE IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘SHOU CHARACTER AND ANBAXIAN’ PEAR-SHAPED VASE

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A RARE IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘SHOU CHARACTER AND ANBAXIAN PEAR-SHAPED VASE
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The vase of flattened pear form is decorated on the body with a peach-shaped medallion enclosing a shou character surrounded by red and pink flames, against a turquoise ground embellished with the anbaxian ‘Eight Daoist Emblems’. The long waisted neck is decorated with a five-clawed dragon in flight amidst clouds and above crashing waves. The gilt base is cast with an apocryphal Jingtai six-character mark.
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910
Exhibited
George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Style and Symbol: Chinese Cloisonné from the Permanent Collection, Springfield, 2000-2001
Bard Graduate Center, Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, New York, 26 January-17 April 2011, cat. no. 101

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Compare to a vase of identical design and size, but with a six-character Qianlong mark, in the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum Enamels, vol. 2, no. 178 (fig. 1).

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