A rare and large cloisonné and champlevé enamel censer and cover Qianlong/ Jiaqing
Lot 123
A rare and large cloisonné and champlevé enamel incense burner and cover Qianlong/Jiaqing
Sold for £66,000 (US$ 106,522) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare and large cloisonné and champlevé enamel incense burner and cover Qianlong/Jiaqing
A rare and large cloisonné and champlevé enamel incense burner and cover
Qianlong/Jiaqing
The compressed globular body colourfully enamelled with the bajixiang, Eight Buddhist Emblems, between bats, large blossoms and musical chimes, all surrounded by leafy scrolls, below the shoulders with gilt bronze lotus petal panels, the waisted neck with lotus scroll below the galleried rim with the bajixiang alternating with lotus blossoms, flanked by a pair of flaring handles decorated on the sides with bats suspending wan emblems, chequered diaper ground and musical chimes, surmounted by a domed cover decorated with three tri-lobed petals enclosing lotus, reserved on a champlevé enamel ground with three shou characters, each encircled by five bats, wufu, and further four bats amidst gilt cloud scrolls, the large finial with a dragon coiled around it and forming the terminal pursuing the flaming pearl amidst cloud scrolls, all raised on three bulbous feet, each with a coiled dragon in red cloisonné enamel reserved on gilt cloud scroll champlevé ground.
104cm (41in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • Large cloisonné censers of this exceptional size are rare, particularly those enamelled with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang. A similar censer with dragon handles and the bajixiang, dated to the Qianlong/Jiaqing period was sold at Sotheby's New York, 20 March 2007, lot 553. A similar but smaller Jiaqing period example without the enamelled bajixiang was sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 191. Compare also another similar censer with a less elaborate finial on the cover, formerly in the Love collection, sold at Christie's New York, 20 October 2004, lot 316. A similar large cloisonné enamel censer and cover is exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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