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A SUPERB IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER WITH GILT BOSSES AND COVER
A SUPERB IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER WITH GILT BOSSES AND COVER
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A SUPERB IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER WITH GILT BOSSES AND COVER

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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A SUPERB IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER WITH GILT BOSSES AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The rounded body is decorated with a band of cicada-like pendent lappets each enclosing a mask against a honeycomb ground, the pattern similarly repeated on the three tall tubular legs. The shoulder is decorated with raised gilt bosses cast with wave patterns in relief, each separated by an abstract mask, below a pair of upright loop handles decorated with taotie masks. The cover is embellished with four ruyi panels enclosing lotus blooms, against a gilt-metal ground reticulated with dense lotus scrolls, surmounted by a reticulated gilt-metal finial with a five-clawed dragon writhing amidst clouds.
16 ½ in. (41.8 cm.) high
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910

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Lot Essay

Compare to a censer and cover of the same shape and with a very similar design of gilt bosses and cicada blades, but with less vibrant enamels, in the Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum Enamels, vol. 3, no. 187 (fig. 1).

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