20 October 2004
AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL OVAL TAZZE
IMPRESSED SEAL MARK, TE CHENG, 19TH CENTURY
En suite with the two previous lots, the waisted pedestal base and underside of the shallow bowl decorated allover with butterflies flying amidst leafy double-gourd vines and convolvulus, the interior decorated with various fish and crustacea swimming amidst white-capped waves around a central tortoise with blue body and diaper carapace, the pair of handles formed by gilt-bronze five-clawed dragons hoisting themselves up onto the rolled everted rim from the top of the pedestal, each stamped with the maker's mark, Te Cheng
18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) long (2)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 10 December 1968, lot 13, as part of a seven-piece garniture (including lots 444 and 445 of this sale).
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