8 June 2004
A PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE 'LOTUS' STANDS
GILT JIAQING SEAL MARKS AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
Each modelled as a half-lotus pod with pale green tops revealing the seeds around an oval aperture at the centre and overlapping pink moulded petals at the sides, supported on flattened pierced leafy stems centred by a multi-coloured chevron stripe, all standing on a gilt domed base enamelled with stylised lappets and key-pattern around the foot, the base interior under a café-au-lait glaze with gilt speckling and a short inscription on a biscuit band around the reign mark at the centre, some restoration
6¼ in. (16 cm.) high (2)
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These stands would have originally supported altar emblems.
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