A fine and rare cloisonné enamel globular jar, lei Qianlong
Lot 196
A fine and rare cloisonné enamel globular jar, lei Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 2,160,000 (US$ 278,442) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and rare cloisonné enamel globular jar, lei
Qianlong
The large powerfully-cast vessel of archaistic lei form, the main body of compressed globular form supported on a raised splayed foot and rising up the rounded shoulders to a pronounced everted rim, applied with four snarling gilt-bronze archaistic bovine heads set on vertical registers of notched gilt-bronze flanges, brilliantly enamelled with ferocious taotie masks picked out in red, green, pink, yellow and blue against a rich turquoise ground, all within a dense background decorated with stylised phoenix, dragons and lotus scroll, applied at the rim, neck central body and foot with gilt-bronze collars cast with key-fret and diaper scroll,
43cm (17in) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Acquired in the 1960's and thence by descent in the same European family.

    A similar cloisonné enamel lei in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing is illustrated in Zhongguo Mei Shu Quan Ji, p.183.

    清乾隆 掐絲琺瑯罍
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