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A VERY RARE IMPERAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNE ENAMEL RECTANGULAR PANEL
A VERY RARE IMPERAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNE ENAMEL RECTANGULAR PANEL
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A VERY RARE IMPERAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNE ENAMEL RECTANGULAR PANEL

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A VERY RARE IMPERAL INSCRIBED CLOISONNE ENAMEL RECTANGULAR PANEL
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The rectangular panel is finely decorated with three pots of chrysanthemum with petals finely rendered in pink, white, red and yellow enamels against wan-character diaper, all below a gilt poem by the Qianlong Emperor praising chrysanthemums, followed by the two characters Yuzhi (Imperial Poem), and an inscription signed by Wang Jihua (Respectfully inscribed by your servant Wang Jihua), and two seals chen Hua and jingshu.
32 7/8 x 56 ¼ in. (83.5 x 142.5 cm.) with huali frame and gilt bronze dragon hanger
Provenance
German private collection, acquired in Beijing prior to 1911 (by repute)
Sold at Lemperts, Cologne, June 2006, lot 212

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The poem on the present panel, composed by the Qianlong Emperor, is recorded in Yuzhi Shiji, Compilation of Imperial Poems, vol. 2, juan 90, dated 1759 (fig. 1).

The inscription following the poem includes the name Wang Jihua (1717-1776), a native of Xiantang (present day Hangzhou in Zhejiang province), who served as a high official at the court of the Qianlong Emperor. Wang managed the Wuying Hall in the Forbidden City, a storehouse for various rare books and archives. Cloisonné enamel panels depicting brids and flowers with Imperial poems and signature of Wang Jihua are rare. Compare to a pair of cloisonné enamel ’peony’ panels, illustrated in The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, The Enamel Volume, Shenyang, 2005, pp.237-239. Compare also a panel depicting pheasants standing among rocks and flowers, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 May 2014, lot 3015.

The current cloisonné panel is almost identical in composition to an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll by Qian Weicheng (1720-1772), which also bears the same Imperial poem, sold at Beijing Poly, 4 December 2010, lot 3645 (fig. 2).

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