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A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE LEMON YELLOW-GROUND ‘NINE-DRAGON’ DENG AND COVER
A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE LEMON YELLOW-GROUND ‘NINE-DRAGON’ DENG AND COVER
A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE LEMON YELLOW-GROUND ‘NINE-DRAGON’ DENG AND COVER
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A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE LEMON YELLOW-GROUND ‘NINE-DRAGON’ DENG AND COVER

QIANLONG IMPRESSED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARKS AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE LEMON YELLOW-GROUND ‘NINE-DRAGON’ DENG AND COVER
QIANLONG IMPRESSED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARKS AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The bowl is brilliantly enamelled with a pair of dragons striding above waves in pursuit of a flaming pearl below a key-fret band, supported on a tall stem decorated with two bands of dragons, all raised on a domed foot with two further dragons above waves. The similarly decorated cover is surmounted by an iron-red spherical finial. The bright enamels are reserved on a lemon-yellow ground. There is an impressed mark on the underside of the cover and the underside of the bowl.
10 ¾ in. (27 cm) high, box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 29 April 1997, lot 692

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The present deng was a ritual vessel made by imperial command for the main hall of the Temple of Imperial Ancestors. The vessel deng was used in antiquity as a food vessel for meat soup during banquets among nobles, and had since been adopted as a ritual vessel. It is different from the vessel dou in that it has a spherical finial on the cover as opposed to a rope-twist handle.

In Qianlong 13th year (1748), regulations on ceramic ritual vessels made for state temples were promulgated. According to the regulation, deng made for the main hall of the Temple of Imperial Ancestors had a yellow ground with elaborate design of dragons and waves. A coloured illustration showing such deng was included in Huangchao liqi tushi (The Illustrated Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Imperial Dynasty)(fig. 1), which is nearly identical to the present example. An imperial edict issued in the 13th year of the Qianlong reign indicates that the porcelain ritual vessels were made at the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen under the supervision of Tang Ying.

A very similar Qianlong-marked famille rose yellow-ground deng was included in the Chinese University of Hong Kong exhibition Ching Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, 1973, no. 47. Compare also with two famille rose yellow-ground deng dated to the 18th-19th century in the Huaihai Tang Collection, include in the Chinese University of Hong Kong exhibition For Blessings and Guidance: the Qianlong Emperors Design for State Sacrificial Vessels, 2019, see Catalogue, p. 187 (fig. 2).

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