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AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘LOTUS SCROLL’ CENSER AND COVER
AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘LOTUS SCROLL’ CENSER AND COVER
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AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘LOTUS SCROLL’ CENSER AND COVER

QIANLONG CAST FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WTIHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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AN IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL ‘LOTUS SCROLL’ CENSER AND COVER
QIANLONG CAST FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WTIHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The exterior of the elongated rounded body is elaborately decorated with scrolls bearing Indian lotus blossoms, flanked on both sides with upright S-shaped handles decorated with flowerheads and pierced in the middle, supported on three gilt-bronze feet in the form of elephant heads, each adorned with bejewelled garlands. The gilt reign mark is reserved in the centre of the base. The domed cover is similarly decorated with scrolling lotus, surmounted by a gilt dragon finial.
21 5/8 in. (55 cm.) high
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910

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Lot Essay

A Qianlong-marked censer of the same design and size, possibly a pair to the current example, was in the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum Enamels, vol. 2, no. 204 (fig. 1).

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