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RARE ET IMPORTANTE PLAQUE IMPERIALE EN BRONZE DORE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES MONTEE EN TABLE
RARE ET IMPORTANTE PLAQUE IMPERIALE EN BRONZE DORE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES MONTEE EN TABLE

CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)

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RARE ET IMPORTANTE PLAQUE IMPERIALE EN BRONZE DORE ET EMAUX CLOISONNES MONTEE EN TABLE
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
La plaque de forme rectangulaire, ornée de six lignes calligraphiées en écriture kaishu, chaque caractère en bronze doré appliqué sur un fond turquoise à motifs géométriques, la table en laque qiangjin et tianqi à décor de pivoines dans des cartouches réservés sur fond de treillis ; petits manques
Dimensions de la table: 45 x 83 x 46,5 cm. (17¾ x 32¾ x 18¼ in.)
Dimensions de la plaque: 77,5 x 41 cm. (30½ x 16 1/8 in.)
Provenance
From a European private collection, acquired in the 1960's.
Post Lot Text
A RARE LARGE IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL PLAQUE MOUNTED AS A TABLE
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Sale Room Notice
L'estimation de ce lot est de 10000/15000 euros
Please note this lot is estimated 10000/15000 euros

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Lot Essay

The inscription records an order given by Qianlong to Peng Yuanrui and Cao Wenzhi a few days after the birth of his great-great-grandson. The emperor wanted to find out from Siku Quanshu ('Complete Books of the Four Repositories') the number of people there had been since ancient time that had great-great grandson. Indeed this was such a rare occurrence that only six people since the Tang dynasty had this opportunity. Overjoyed and proud, the emperor composed a poem to commemorate this event, which consists of the second part of the inscription.
The poem ends by a signature: 'Imperially made (yuzhi). Yours faithfully, Yongxing.'
Yongxing was the eleventh son of the Qianlong Emperor. He was an exceptional calligrapher and also an adept painter. For a brief version of his biography see Zhongguo Meishujia Renming Cidian, Shanghai Renmin Chubanshe, 1981, p.166.

Another identical imperial cloisonné enamel plaque mounted as a table was recently sold in our London Rooms, 10 May 2011, lot 145.

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