24 March 2004
A RARE PAIR OF MASSIVE CLOISONNE ENAMEL BALUSTER VASES
The tapering bodies finely enamelled with birds and butterflies in flight amidst tall flowering plants and vines, including peony, magnolia and wisteria rising from a band of lotus scroll on the rounded base to a ruyi band on the shoulder, all reserved on a fret-filled dark turquoise ground, the neck flanked by a pair of dragon handles and decorated with further flowering stems reserved on a pale turquoise ground between decorative borders above and below
59¼ in. (150.5 cm.) high, wood stands, elaborate silk coverings (2)
Acquired in September 1968.
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